Psychology of AdjustmentBack to Course Guide
The course presents the ways in which psychological principles apply to effective personal adjustment and development. Topics include emotional response theories, coping skills, self-esteem, depression, stress factors, and psychotherapeutic intervention.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Defining adjustment and discussing its implications.
- Describing how competence and flexibility relate to intellectual adjustment.
- Identifying the nature of emotional response and emotional paradox as they relate to emotional adjustment.
- Describing the emotional response theories of selected theorists.
- Examining adjustment to stressful situations and identifying positive and negative ways people cope with stress.
- Discussing the implications of psychotherapeutic intervention for optimum personal adjustment.
- Identifying personal stressors that may have an impact on the process of adjustment.
- Discussing the maintenance of interpersonal security, self-esteem, and the assimilation of the data of experience as functions of the self.
- Contrasting constructive and destructive fight styles.
- Discussing depression as it relates to personal adjustment.
- Describing how ineffective adjustment patterns affect the individual and the family.
- Applying Constructive Coping Model to personal stressful circumstances.
- Describing the correlation of habit, lifestyle, and health to personal adjustment.
- Applying the principles of Positive Psychology.
- Identifying communication styles and how they impact the ability to adjust effectively.
- Exploring gender, ethnic and sociocultural differences in responding to and coping with stress produced by life changes.
- Critically analyzing advertising and other media for instances of stereotyping, and discussing any potential impact on personal development and adjustment.
- Critically reviewing and analyzing a self-help book for its thoroughness in discussing a psychological problem and its effectiveness in outlining a specific plan to manage, cope, or solve the associated challenges.