Mental Illness in Young People

Subject PSYT90037 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 teaching hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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For ALL Semester 2 enquiries, please contact:

Dr Candice Boyd

Subject Overview: The subject covers:
  • young people and general health issues;
  • epidemiology of mental illness in young people;
  • outline of clinical disorders during late adolescence and early adulthood;
  • mental illness and comorbidity in young people;
  • psychopathology and the developmental trajectory; and
  • psychopathology, culture and young people.

Objectives: .
  • 10% : 15-minute audio or video-taped presentation;
  • 45% : Two case studies (1500 words max);
  • 45% : One written assignment (3000 words max).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: By the end of this subject students should be able to:
  • Recognise the range of psychopathology in young people;
  • Describe the range of clinical disorders which develop during late adolescence and early adulthood;
  • Discuss the epidemiology of serious mental illness in young people;
  • Develop a basic understanding of the relationship between developmental processes during late adolescence and the emergence of psychopathology; and
  • Delineate a biopsychosocial framework for understanding the onset and course of mental illness in young people.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences(Young People's Mental Health)

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