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This course will explore some contemporary and controversial issues in research and theory in Family Psychology. Topics covered may include matters such as child abuse; discipline and punishment; role of family in adolescent development and socialization; multi-systemic family therapy and other family interventions. The emphasis through will be on recent research and theorizing about the selected topics, on the critical evaluation of research and theory, and on its applications to policies and family therapies.
This course will explore some contemporary and controversial issues in the field of Family Psychology. Topics covered may include matters such as child care and protection; attachment and parenting; youth gender diversity/sexuality; parenting programmes and other family interventions. The emphasis will be on recent research and theorizing about the selected topics, the critical evaluation of research and theory, and on its application to policies and therapies.
Apply the principles and understanding of psychological knowledge to the field of Family Psychology.Demonstrate critical and analytical abilities by comparing and contrasting popular culture ideas with the scientific literature about families and communicating these differences effectively.Demonstrate information literacy by gathering empirical family research through advanced database searches and critically evaluating, then communicating this information effectively.Develop literature reviewing skills, including comparing and critiquing empirical research as well as interpreting and summarising findings accurately.Locate relevant Aotearoa New Zealand research material and communicate this effectively in an oral presentation.
PSYC206 or 60 points at 200 level from the Health Sciences or Arts schedule.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Jenna van Deurs
There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned readings for lectures/labs will be provided online via LEARN.
Domestic fee $916.00
International fee $4,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing