Abnormal Child Psychology

Resources for teachers, students, parents, and families...

Case Studies

Instructors have access to 52 case studies, written by the author specifically for this text, to help students apply material to children and families in need. Each case is followed by discussion questions that invite students to critically evaluate or apply principles of developmental psychopathology, describe key diagnostic features of each disorder, identify potential causes for children’s problems from multiple levels of analysis, and/or formulate treatment plans based on empirical evidence.

The instructor’s edition provides you with each child’s diagnosis and answers to discussion questions in blue. The corresponding student edition omits this information. The case studies can be used as in-class activities, for class presentations, or as writing assignment or exam questions.

Most importantly, the vignettes help students to focus on children and families, rather than on disorders. I hope that these case studies give you greater freedom to engage and challenge your students in new and creative ways.

Sample Case Studies:

Continuity vs. Change

Understanding Developmental Psychopathology (Chapter 1)

This short activity introduces students to important principles of developmental psychopathology including homotypic continuity, heterotypic continuity, equifinality, multifinality, and risk and protective factors.


Social Information-Processing (Chapter 9)

Twelve-year-old Aiden loves soccer, but his friends don't invite him to play. Students use Crick and Dodge's (1994, 1996) social information processing model to help Aiden solve this social dilemma and avoid hostile attributional biases.

The New Kid

Theories of Depression (Chapter 13)

Sixteen-year-old Danielle isn't adjusting well to her new school. Her grades are bad, she doesn't fit in with the other girls on the lacrosse team, and she misses her old friends. In this vignette, students apply behavioral, cognitive, and interpersonal theory to help explain Danielle's problems.

Test Bank

Instructors have access to a test bank to help them create exams. The test bank includes more than 1,000 multiple choice or true-false items and more than 150 essay questions and answers. Items can be selected based on topic, learning objective, cognitive domain (e.g., describe, apply, analyze), and difficulty level.

PowerPoint Presentations and Videos

Sample PowerPoint presentations for each chapter to help you get started. Each presentation features key concepts, theories, and models; complete DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for each disorder; and images and figures from the text. You can also combine these presentations with videos from the "student resources" section for greater student engagement.

Access the Instructor Resources

Instructors who adopt the text for classroom use have access to these resources, plus Sage Edge for Instructors, a collection of full text Sage journal articles, videos, and multimedia links. Access these materials through Sage Publishing.