Individual Differences and Early Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing HUG4015


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

Individual Differences and Early Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing enables you to critically evaluate current research and practice associated with the individual nature of how mental health may present and impact upon child and adolescent mental health. You will be supported in critically evaluating research on the role that intelligence and personality traits may play in determining mental health, engaging in a critical exploration of the multiple forces that shape children and young people’s mental health and behaviour. The critical study of individual differences will focus on the role of personal attributes in determining how people behave and what motivates them. In addition, the module will explore the influential role of early intervention on mental health and critically evaluate a range of early interventions in relation to the prevention, promotion and protection of child and adolescent mental health.

Module Code: HUG4015
Level: 7
Credits: 30
Cost: £1020 for module intakes commencing from September 2020 - August 2021

Who is this module for?

This module is available to those seeking to enhance knowledge, at level 7, related to individual differences and early intervention within the child and adolescent mental health a well-being sectors.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The module aims to support students to critically evaluate current research and practice associated with individual differences in relation to child and adolescent mental health development.

How Will I Study?

Online delivery.

What will I study?

  • Individual differences in cognition and personality,
  • Theoretical approaches to individual differences: trait, psychoanalytic and social cognitive,
  • Psychometric testing in individual differences and personality,
  • Personality and mental health– emphasis on diagnosis and therapeutic intervention,
  • Early interventions in mental health, holism,
  • Prevention, promotion and protection,
  • Policy, strategy and guidance, local, national and global,
  • Resilience- stigma/discrimination,
  • Critical reflection.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment comprises a written assessment (60%) and a presentation (40%).

On successful completion you will:

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current research, practice and advanced scholarship associated with personality, individual differences and mental health development in childhood and adolescence.
  • Demonstrate critical reflection on how differential psychology perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness in children and young people.
  • Systematically evaluate a range of early interventions used to foster good mental health for children and young people.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current legislation, policy and strategy relating to the promotion of mental health and well-being of children, young people.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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As this module forms part of the MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health, it will be open to limited numbers of stand alone students or those students who are currently studying CPD programmes within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.