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Course unit
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola dispari)
PSN1032293, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/07 Dynamic Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MISCIOSCIA MARINA (Presidente)
RIGO PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Necessary knowledge for learning Course contents: fundamental constructs of Psychodynamic and Developmental Psychology; theories and instruments for psychological assessment in infancy and adolescence, some basics of research methodology and data analysis in clinical and developmental fields. Knowledge in neuropsychology and neuroscience in the developmental age can be of great value.
Target skills and knowledge: This course is aimed at providing knowledge about contemporary theoretical models in Developmental Psychopathology and about diagnostic classification systems of psychiatric pathologies in children and adults. Moreover, it will provide a detailed description of the main psychopathological syndromes, providing clinical examples, in order to foster also a practical comprehension of the different psychopathologies.
Finally, different perspectives on interventions will be provided, with the aim to facilitate students’ comprehension of the clinical approaches developed to prevent and treat the different disorders.
Wherever possible, models and methods used in psychopathology research will be presented, in order to provide evidences of the possible integration between clinical and research perspectives.
Examination methods: The exam is written, with the chance to integrate it with an oral session
It is composed by 4 open questions based on what it has been taken in consideration during lessons and to the books.
Questions are structured in the following way:
- 2 questions regarding themes considered during the course, that require broad answers;
- 2 questions related to specific definitions of the key points and constructs of the discipline, that require more specific answers
The exam takes 60 minutes (15 'for each question).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of student’s performance will be based on the following criteria:
- ability to answer to all the questions;
- answers adequacy and adherence to the questions ( Is the answer in line with the theme subject of examination? Is it vague or not well specified?)
- completeness and exhaustiveness of the answer (Does it contain all the constitutive elements of the argument/construct subject of the question?)
- appropriateness of the language (the answer is formulated with an adequate language which refers to specific psychological terms to describe the construct and/or the theme requested?)
Course unit contents: Specific contents of the course will be subdivided in the following thematic areas:
FIRST AREA: Fundaments
-Theoretical and methodological fundaments of developmental psychopathology;
- Methods and research instruments: clinical assessment and research procedures;
- Classification Systems of psychopathology (classification 0-3, DSM System, Classification ICD-10): fundaments, definitions and diagnostic criteria;
-the diagnostic process with child and family
SECOND AREA: Clinical pathologies in the life cycle
- Neurodevelopment disorders
- Behavioural and Attentional Disorders;
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders;
- Gender Dysphoria;
- Affective and Anxiety Disorders;
- Eating and substance dependence Disorders
- Schizophrenic disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be organized due to the following teaching methodologies:
- frontal lessons with the teacher;
-presentation of exemplificative clinical cases using video material and/or interviews;
- discussions with students about themes debated during the course;
- students’ presentations on themes debated during the course and/or in-depth analyses related to them, with a following discussion with the teacher and the other students;
-researches and external clinician’s interventions on specific themes of the course and open discussion with the teacher and the other students.
it will be enhanced and advocated critical discussion and the possibility for students to express their own doubts, difficulties and/or requesting more deeply explanations, in order to produce the best possible learning, within a practical approach.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Support material will be provided on the moodle system
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sanavio, Ezio, Manuale di psicopatologia e psicodiagnosticaa cura di Ezio Sanavio. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ammaniti, Massimo, Psicopatologia dello sviluppomodelli teorici e percorsi a rischioa cura di Massimo Ammaniti. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo