B-P SP 1.2 Etiology and etiopathogenesis of mental disorders

Learning outcomes
• Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to,
• – formulate hypotheses on the etiology and etiopathogenesis of disorders and assess and communicate the relevance of various influencing factors in contact.
• – develop independent empirical research approaches to epidemiology, etiology and etiopathogenesis and to receive and evaluate published professional contributions in this regard.
• – to identify and appropriately assess relevant influencing factors for the development and maintenance of psychological/psychophysiological disorders against the background of a biopsychosocial explanatory ap-proach.
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Contents (56 units)

  1. epidemiology of mental disorders (8 units)
  • Definition of the subject
  • Overview of the course and its objectives
  • Tasks of epidemiology
  • Epidemiological research
  • Practical importance of epidemiology
  1. etiology and etiopathogenesis of mental disorders (16 units)
  • Definition of the subject
  • Models of etiology and etiopathogenesis
  • Developmental psychological aspects
  • Models of developmental psychopathology
  1. models of health, disease and disorder (4 units)
  2. biopsychological aspects of mental disorders (14 units)
  • Evolutionary psychological aspects
  • Behavioral genetic aspects
  • Biochemical aspects
  • Neurophysiological and psychophysiological aspects
  • Important psychophysiological disorders (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary dis-ease, overweight and obesity, diabetes mellitus, cancer, HIV and AIDS, rheumatic diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, allergies)
  1. socialization theoretical and psychological aspects (8 units)
  • Basics of learning psychology
  • Cognitive psychological basics
  • Social psychological aspects
  • Socialization theoretical aspects
  1. stress and coping as influencing factors (6 units)
  • Definition of the subject
  • Stress models and their implications
  • Resource orientation in clinical psychology
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    Teaching form(s)
    In-class study: Seminar-like lecture, interactive development of the contents as well as exercises in the form of case studies, group work, role plays and casuistics, testing of clinical-psychological diagnosis and intervention methods.
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    Self-study: Accompanying literature study as well as processing of test questions and exercises.
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    Participation requirements
    It is recommended that the modules from semesters 1 to 3 have been completed.
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    Form(s) of examination
    Students complete this module with a written exam (90 minutes or 90 points)
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    Prerequisites for the award of credits
    Passing the written exam with a module grade of at least 4.0.
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    Use of the module in other degree programs and context
    The Clinical Psychology concentration is a major in the Psychology (B.Sc.) program. The concentration is com-pulsory for all students of the program (mandatory module). The concentration can also be used as an elective module for the Business Psychology (B.Sc.) program.
    This module is closely related to the modules Empirical Scientific Work (B-P 1.2), Descriptive Statistics and Probability Theory (B-P 2.1), Inferential Statistics (B-P 2.2), General Psycho-logy I (B-P 5. 1), General Psychol-ogy II (B-P 5.2), Biological Psychology (B-P 5.3), Developmental Psychology (B-P 6.1), Personality and Differ-ential Psychology (B-P 6.2) and Social Psychology (B-P 6.3) together.
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    Significance of the grade for the final grade
    7/165 ECTS points
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    Editor of the module
    Prof. Dr. Kristin Härtl
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    Required literature
    Comer, R. J. & Sartory, G. (Hrsg.). (2008). Klinische Psychologie (6. Aufl.). Heidelberg: Spektrum.
    Ehlert, U. (2016). Verhaltensmedizin (2. Aufl.). Berlin: Springer.
    Heinrichs, N. & Lohaus, A. (2011). Klinische Entwicklungspsychologie kompakt. Weinheim: Beltz.
    Petermann, F., Maercker, A., Lutz, W. & Stangier, U. (2011). Klinische Psychologie – Grundlagen. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    Wittchen, H.-U. & Hoyer, J. (Hrsg.) (2011). Klinische Psychologie & Psychotherapie (2. Aufl.). Berlin: Springer.
    Further reading
    Anholt, R. R. H. & Mackay, T. F. C. (2009). Principles of Behavioral Genetics. London: Academic Press.