The programme provides advanced study of topics in developmental psychology, with a specific focus on development in the context of adversity.
Childhood adversity refers to factors extrinsic to the child such as growing up in contexts of parental psychopathology, economic deprivation and community conflict. Psychological, educational and behavioural outcomes of adversity will be explored as well as the predictors, mediators and moderators of outcome.
Students will additionally have the opportunity to study interdisciplinary approaches to tackling childhood adversity, with compulsory and optional modules in Children's Rights, Youth Justice and Caring for Children with Complex Health Needs.
We address questions such as:
What aspects of childhood adversity impact of child and adolescent development?
How do intrinsic (eg child's personality) and extrinsic (eg parenting) factors interact to moderate outcomes of adversity?
What programmes and interventions can help children growing up in adversity and how can they be best designed and implemented?