Ch 21: Lifespan Development Disorders

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about the characteristics of different lifespan development disorders, what causes them, and how they're treated. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz to help check your understanding of these lifespan development topics.

Lifespan Development Disorders - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Although there is significant variation in what is considered healthy psychological development over the course of the lifespan, some individuals display such abnormal behavior that it is classified as a development disorder. In this chapter, you will learn how mental health develops during childhood and adolescence and how the field of abnormal psychology has come to define and understand disorders that arise during this process. The chapter also explores specific cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders, such as autism, ADHD, and learning disorders, and explains their causes and how they are treated. Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Explain what lifespan disorders are and how psychology has come to understand them
  • Discuss the process of mental health development through childhood and adolescence
  • Describe developmental abnormalities that arise in children and how they affect learning and social growth
  • Define specific emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disorders, including autism, Asperger's Syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, learning disorders, and mental retardation
  • Discuss the causes of lifespan development disorders, as well as how psychologists identify and treat them
  • Explain how advanced cognitive development affects individuals and discuss models of giftedness

Video Objective
Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives Define lifespan development disorders and discover current and historical views on them.
Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence Learn how mental health develops from childhood through adolescence, a time during which many disorders become evident.
Developmental Abnormalities in Children: Effects & Impacts on Learning Get an overview of the effects of developmental abnormalities in children, their impact on learning, and related social concerns.
Emotional & Behavioral Disorders: Autism & Asperger's Syndrome Understand and differentiate between autism and Asperger's.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD Define ADHD and understand its characteristics.
Advanced Cognitive Development and Renzulli's Triad Examine advanced cognitive development to understand what it means to be gifted, and learn about Joseph Renzulli's model of giftedness.
What is Conduct Disorder? - Definition, Causes and Treatment Explore the definition, causes, and treatments for conduct disorder.
Learning Disorders and Disabilities: Definition, Causes, Treatment and Diagnosis Define learning disorders, and learn about their causes, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes, focusing on the example of dyslexia.
Mental Retardation: Definition, Levels, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment Define mental retardation and explore its levels. Find out about different causes and prevention tools for mental retardation, as well as different treatments and outcomes.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Lifespan Development Disorders
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

1. Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Everyone grows and changes throughout their life, but why do some people have developmental problems? In this lesson, we'll look at common lifespan development disorders and major theories about how people develop them.

Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence

2. Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence

Some mental illnesses can show up at any point in a person's life, but some first occur during specific stages of lifespan development. In this lesson, we'll look closer at some disorders that appear in childhood, adolescence, and old age.

Developmental Abnormalities in Children: Effects & Impacts on Learning

3. Developmental Abnormalities in Children: Effects & Impacts on Learning

Developmental abnormalities in children have an impact on their learning and social skills. Examine an example in this lesson that will help you learn about the importance of early intervention.

Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome

4. Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome

If you have never met a person with Asperger syndrome, you might wonder how they differ from you. In this lesson, we'll explore the behaviors common to people with Asperger and other autism spectrum disorders.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD

5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD

This lesson explores common characteristics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as the best practices for teaching learners with this disorder.

Advanced Cognitive Development and Renzulli's Triad

6. Advanced Cognitive Development and Renzulli's Triad

In this lesson, we will explore advanced cognitive development in terms of a gifted child. We will also define what it means to be gifted and Joseph Renzulli's model of giftedness.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Conduct Disorder: Definitions, Causes & Treatments

7. Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Conduct Disorder: Definitions, Causes & Treatments

Every child misbehaves sometimes, but what happens when someone acts out more than usual? In this lesson, we'll look at two behavior disorders: conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

Learning Disorders and Disabilities: Definition, Causes, Treatment and Diagnosis

8. Learning Disorders and Disabilities: Definition, Causes, Treatment and Diagnosis

Why do some students struggle to learn? What types of learning disabilities affect students? In this lesson, we'll look closely at three common learning disorders: dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.

Intellectual Disabilities: Definition, Levels, Causes, Prevention & Treatment

9. Intellectual Disabilities: Definition, Levels, Causes, Prevention & Treatment

People with intellectual disabilities have low IQs and problems with daily functioning. In this lesson, we'll examine the levels of intellectual disabilities as well as the causes and treatments of them.

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