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Course module: 202000352
Psychopathology and Psychodiagnostics
Course info
Course module202000352
Credits (ECTS)7
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. Radstaak
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dr. Y.P.M.J. Derks
Externe Docent
Lecturer G. Prosman
dr. M. Radstaak
Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Radstaak
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After successful completion of the ‘Psychopathology & Psychodiagnostics’ study unit, the student is able to:  
  1. Classify and differentiate between mental disorders according to the DSM;
  2. Describe the etiology and symptomatology of mental disorders;
  3. Describe the epidemiology (prevalence, incidence, risk groups), treatment and prognosis of mental disorders;
  4. Describe the biological foundations of mental disorders
  5. Describe and explain the steps of the diagnostics process, and relate the diagnostic process to the empirical cycle;
  6. Describe different psychodiagnostic methods and weigh the pros and cons of the different methods;
  7. Describe various pathological and positive psychological tests and their intent, and make argued choices in the selection of tests.


In this study unit you will increase your knowledge about: (1) the pathological approach to mental health, and  (2) methods to identify disorders and symptoms, just as well-being and strengths.
You will study the causes, symptoms and treatment of common mental disorders. Special attention will be given to the biological causes of mental disorders. You will learn to recognize mental disorders based on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria of the DSM. Affective disorders such as anxiety and depression, and personality disorders are examples of the many mental disorders that you will study.

You will learn about different diagnostics methods such as observations, interviews and tests. Psychodiagnostic instruments that measure pathological or positive psychological constructs will be discussed. For example, you will learn how to assess mental disorders and well-being, as well as factors that influences mental health such as personality, strengths, intelligence, and coping skills.

Module description
This study unit is part of the module Mental Health (202000351). A module is offered as one educational unity and students take it as such.
Assumed previous knowledge
At least 9 EC of module 2 have been obtained OR at least 21 EC of modules 1 and 2 have been obtained. The prerequisites apply to all three study units within this module.
Module 6A
Participating study
Bachelor Psychology
Required materials
Davey, G.C. (2021, 3rd ed). Psychopathology: Research, Assessment, and Treatment in Clinical Psychology. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-67922-6
Luteijn, F., & Barelds, D. (2019). Psychological diagnostics in health care. Amsterdam, Boom uitgevers. ISBN: 978 90 244 0827 6
Book chapters Reader, will be digital
Recommended materials
Instructional modes


Written subtest 1

Written subtest 2

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