Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

Resources for Introduction to Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology (4th edition)

2. The Causes of Childhood Disorders

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Learning Objectives
2.1
Understand the basic principles of developmental psychopathology as a way to study the emergence of children's problems over time.
2.2
Explain how genetic, epigenetic, and other biological factors can place youths at risk for mental health problems.
2.3
Describe the way psychological factors (i.e., thoughts, feelings, and actions) can contribute to the emergence of mental health problems in youths.
2.4
Analyze the way social-cultural factors can influence children's development both proximally and distally.

Note: The number before each objective shows its corresponding module in the text.



Videos

Epigenetics

Epigenetics is the scientific study of the way environmental experiences can affect the expression of the genetic code. This short video provides an excellent introduction.

Brain Pasticity

Perhaps the most dramatic example of brain plasticity can been seen in children who undergo a hemispherectomy. This excellent video is produced by Scientific American.

Parent-Child Attachment

Dr. Everett Waters (Stony Brook University) provides examples of secure, insecure-avoidant, and insecure-ambivalent attachment behavior in the strange situation.

Diathesis-Stress

Terrie Moffitt & Avshalom Caspi discuss their longitudinal studies investigating the role of genetic risk and environmental stress on the development of behavior problems.

Parenting Types

Diana Baumrind identified four styles of parenting that can affect children's developmental outcomes. This video provides a nice review of her research.

Ecological Systems Theory

Ecological systems theory is a model that can be used to describe the proximal and distal factors that affect development. In this video, Bronfenbrenner explains his theory.



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Human Genome Project


This website is maintained by the National Human Genome Research Institute. It offers many tutorials, simulations, images, and fact sheets regarding the Human Genome Project and genetics. Many of the multimedia files are in the public domain and may be used for presentations. To get started, try locating the video files by clicking here. One video explains how researchers mapped the genome. Another video addresses the ethics of genetic research and therapy with humans.


3D Brain


This is an outstanding site allows students to rotate and dissect a 3-dimensional human brain. It also labels major brain areas and functions. You can also download an app of the 3-dimensional brain for free and access it through iTunes, iPad, or iPhone.


Brain Development


The Franklin Institute offers several interactive activities to learn about neuroscience. This activity lets you see MRI images of the human brains from infancy through old age to see how it changes across development. It complements the information about brain development in the textbook nicely.


Neuroscience for Kids


Dr. Eric Chudler at the University of Washington maintains this fun and informative website about basic and applied neuroscience. Even students who are turned off by neuroscience will find this site interesting. There is a lot to explore at this site.



Society for Neuroscience


The Society for Neuroscience is a professional organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system. It is the world's largest organization of professionals devoted to the study of the brain. At this site, find the link titled, “About neuroscience” to learn more about the field, its history, and recent discoveries.