Along with exploring the complex causes, manifestations, and treatment of common behavior disorders, this course introduces abnormal behavior in the context of psychological well-being to show these behaviors along a continuum from functional to dysfunctional. Interviews with patients and analysis by therapists and other mental health professionals provide students with invaluable perspectives on the suffering of behavioral disorders as well as the multiple approaches to treatment.
This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.
PSY 100 (General Psychology).
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Abnormal Psychology, 6th Ed. (2013)
Michael F. Steger
Michael Steger is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Applied Social Psychology programs at Colorado State University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Personality Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
His research has focused on what makes life meaningful for people, and on understanding the foundations and benefits of living a meaningful life and achieving happiness. He also studies how people adjust to traumatic life events, and social influences on depression. His most recent book was “Designing Positive Psychology.” He is currently writing a textbook for Abnormal Psychology, due to be published by McGraw-Hill.