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Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour


Admission requirements

Propedeuse course Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology or similar course.


This course addresses the psychological aspects of a variety of abnormal conditions, encountered in clinical or forensic practice, with important consequences for both the individual as well as for society. The course aims at increasing theoretical knowledge of these specific abnormal conditions.
Attention will be paid to etiological models, psychosocial aspects, assessment, and treatment/management of the several abnormal conditions.

Course objectives

Aim of the course: to increase theoretical knowledge of a variety of abnormal conditions, including etiology, and diagnostic and therapeutic issues relating to these disorders.


Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

Literature per lecture:

  • Lectures 1 and 2: Brief introduction: Barlow & Durand: Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 : 119 pages. Addiction: Alcohol and Tobacco/Addiction: Drugs and Medicines : Barlow & Durand: Chapter 11, (41 pages); Doweiko: Chapters: 2, 4, 5, 18, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 (152 pages).

  • Lecture 3(Cognitive Disorders: Dementia): Barlow & Durand: Chapter 15, 23 pages

  • Lecture 4 (Sleep disorders) : Barlow & Durand: Chapter 8, 18 pages (288-305)

  • Lecture 5 (Physical Disorders and Health Psychology): Barlow & Durand: Chapter 9 (34 pages)

  • Lecture 6 (Chronic Fatigue and Burn Out): : Maslach, Schaufeli & Leiter (2001). Job Burnout. Annual Rev. Psychol., 52, 397-422 (26 pagina’s).

  • Lecture 7 (Aggression and Criminality): Barlow & Durand: Chapter 12: 443-451 (9 pages) and Doweiko: Chapter 36 (14 pages). Total : 436 pages.

Assessment method

Exam with multiple choice-questions

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Reading list

  • Barlow, D.H. & Durand, V.M. (2005-2009). Abnormal Psychology; An integrative approach. Belmont: Wadsworth Cengage Learning

  • Doweiko, H.E. (2006-2009). Concepts of Chemical Dependency. Belmont: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning

  • Article Maslach e.a via Blackboard


Enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place between 7 July and 30 August 2010. Enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place in January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Dr. E. Eurelings-Bontekoe
Room 2B41
Tel. +31 (0)71 527 3738