PSYC07014 2016 Applied Child Psychology (middle childhood)

General Details

Full Title
Applied Child Psychology (middle childhood)
Transcript Title
Child Psych (middle child)
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, John Kane
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ

In this module students will gain a deepened awareness of the developing child from 6-12 (middle childhood). In addition they will study developmental disorders and the most common psychological problems encountered in childhood. The personal, contextual, maintaining and protective factors implicated in these conditions will be explored. Students will gain an understanding of the evidence based range of interventions used in the treatment of childhood disorders. The module also looks at the impact of life stressors on the young. As child observations are crucial professional tools for those working in this area the module will seek to further develop and enhance this skill set for the student.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain typical development in middle childhood (6-12).


Examine atypical development in this age group.


Investigate problems of childhood including illness, separation and loss, bullying and neglect.


Use psychological approaches to manage difficult behaviours in childhood


Select appropriate child observation techniques to produce a study of a child.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Module Assessment Strategies

Child study (to be completed on work placement)

Write an article pertinent to the module for a newspaper/magazine/digital media.

Repeat Assessments

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Indicative Syllabus

Conduct disorders


Anxiety disorders


Self harm

Eating disorders

Pervasive developmental disorders eg autism

Intellectual disability

Learning difficulties

The sick child: hospitalization, chronic or terminal illness, understanding the needs of siblings and parents.

Separation and loss: short and long term separation, transitions, loss and grief, stages of grief, grief and mourning in a multicultural society.

Bullying: defining the problem, types of bullying, signs and symptoms, characteristics in bullying behaviour.

Observation Studies: Ethical observation methods and assessments.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Article for a newspaper Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 11 2,3,4
2 child study Project Project 60 % End of Year 1,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial ECCE Skills Laboratory Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-12-17 The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach Routledge
ISBN 1138806137 ISBN-13 9781138806139

The third edition of the hugely successful Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology incorporates important advances in the field to provide a reliable and accessible resource for clinical psychologists. Beginning with a set of general conceptual frameworks for practice, the book gives specific guidance on the management of problems commonly encountered in clinical work with children and adolescents drawing on the best practice in the fields of clinical psychology and family therapy. In six sections thorough and comprehensive coverage of the following areas is provided:

Frameworks for practice

Problems of infancy and early childhood

Problems of middle childhood

Problems of adolescence

Child abuse

Adjustment to major life transitions

Thoroughly updated throughout, each chapter dealing with specific clinical problems includes cases examples and detailed discussion of diagnosis, classification, epidemiology and clinical features. New material includes the latest advances in: child and adolescent clinical psychology; developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology; assessment and treatment programmes. This book is invaluable as both a reference work for experienced practitioners and as an up-to-date, evidence-based practice manual for clinical psychologists in training.

The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology is one of a set of 3 books published by Routledge which includes The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology: An Evidence Based Practice Approach, Second Edition (Edited by Carr & McNulty) and The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice (Edited by Alan Carr, Christine Linehan, Gary OReilly, Patricia Noonan Walsh and John McEvoy).

Recommended Reading
2013-07-25 Child Development Theory & Practice, 2nd edition Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN 1292001011 ISBN-13 9781292001012

The second edition of Child Development: Theory and Practice 0-11 has been fully revised and updated while retaining the authoritative, accessible and well structured writing style that proved popular in the first edition. The text is infused with the authors' passion and enthusiasm for the subject and their anecdotes provide engaging real-life examples of child development in practice.

Recommended Reading
2014-11-01 A Practical Guide to Child Observation and Assessment 4th Edition Oxford University Press
ISBN 140850488X ISBN-13 9781408504888

This best-selling book has been completely revised to provide a fully up-to-date guide on observation and assessment. Packed with examples of observation techniques, and documented examples, this is the only book students will need to build the skills required by the professional childcare practitioner. The book covers child observation components of all major childcare courses.

Module Resources

URL Resources

Irish Journal of Psychology The Psychological Society of Ireland

British Journal of Developmental Psychology The British Psychological Society

British Journal of Educational Psychology The British Psychological Society

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines Cambridge University Press

Additional Information

Child study to be conducted during practice placement