Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

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2. The Causes of Childhood Disorders

Learning Objectives
Explain why evidence-based practice is important when treating children and families.
Describe the structure and function of major brain regions and their relationship to childhood disorders.
Use learning theory to explain how certain childhood disorders develop and are maintained over time.
Explain the importance of social cognition and emotion regulation in children’s development.
Understand the way parents, families, and friends can contribute to childhood problems or protect youths from developing disorders.
Analyze the way social and cultural factors can influence child development proximally and distally.

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


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Test Your Critical Thinking

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Want to learn more about epigenetics and want to experiences the awesomeness of Neil deGrasse Tyson? This NOVA video is for you.

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.

Learn More

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.

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.

PBS NOVA: How cells divide

Some students have difficulty differentiating mitosis from meiosis. Visit this website for a brief tutorial. Be sure to watch the animation, located on the right-hand side.

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.