PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology (8)

This subject considers in detail the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Issues such as a child's 'theory of mind' or the development of shame are considered in relation to social behaviour in childhood and adolescence. Influences on such developmental processes from family, school and society are examined and psychological explanations for child and adolescent difficulties are given.
Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychological Society accredited major in psychology.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY113. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

PSY101 or PSY111

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recount in detail the emotional development of children and thus adolescents
  • be able to recount in detail the emotional development of children and adolescents who come from adverse circumstances
  • be able to recount the general development of children and adolescents
  • be able to explain the influence of different contexts particularly family and society on the development of children and adolescents
  • be able to explain the development of secondary emotions and their part in motivation
  • have a knowledge of child and adolescent psychology that will enable them as human service practitioners to evaluate welfare issues concerning children and young people.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The dependency needs of children
- Attachment satisfaction and frustration
- The development of emotion in children and adolescents
- A child's 'theory of mind'. What happens if this does not fully develop?
- The development of shame and guilt
- Familial influences on emotional development
- School influences on emotional development
- Community influences on emotional development
- The child becomes the adolescent - implications
- When society or family 'gets it wrong'
- Disruptive behaviour in adolescents - psychological explanation
- The relationship of 1-11 above to welfare practice and social policy

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY113 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Written reflection
Online final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.