SPDC004 Psychology of Disability

Faculty of Education
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
prof. PhDr. Evžen Řehulka, CSc. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Marie Vítková, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Evžen Řehulka, CSc.
Department of Special and Inclusive Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: PhDr. Mgr. Ilona Fialová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Special and Inclusive Education – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course provides students with knowledge about the psychological issues associated with illness and disability and in the psychology of disability. The course is using approaches from a number of theoretical and practical disciplines, especially medicine (psychiatry, neurology and other medical fields) and focuses on special education and psychology with the emphasis on supporting people with disabilities in their daily life.
Learning outcomes
A successful graduate is able to:
• To develop understanding of the basic terms of pathopsychology and psychopathology focused on special education and helping professions
• Present primary categories concerning the challenging and stressful life situations
• Recognize the connection of physical and mental disorders and certain qualitative abnormities in the cognitive domain and the personality
  • 1. Definition of the subject matter. Psychology of disability, pathopsychology and psychopathology
    2. Norm, normality and abnormality. Models of abnormal behavior.
    3. Health and illness.
    4. Etiology and pathogenesis of mental disorders.
    5. Challenging life situations. Deprivation, frustration, conflict, trauma, crisis, and stress.
    6. Coping with challenging and stressful situations. Coping strategies.
    7. Mental health and personal lifestyle. Prevention and resilience.
    8. Quality of life.
    9. Description and classification of disorders of mental functions focusing on consciousness, attention, perception, cognition and intelligence, emotions and motivation, volition, instincts and personality. Emphasis is placed on psychological, educational and social perspectives.
    required literature
  • OREL, Miroslav. Psychopatologie : nauka o nemocech duše. 2., aktualizované a doplně. Praha: Grada, 2016, 338 stran. ISBN 9788024755168. info
  • ČEŠKOVÁ, Eva and Hana KUČEROVÁ. Psychopatologie a psychiatrie : pro psychology a speciální pedagogy. Edited by Mojmír Svoboda. Vyd. 2. Praha: Portál, 2012, 317 s. ISBN 9788026202165. URL info
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, Jaro. Psychologie zdraví. Vydání třetí. Praha: Portál, 2009, 279 stran. ISBN 9788073675684. URL info
  • KOHOUTEK, Rudolf. Patopsychologie a psychopatologie pro pedagogy (Pathopsychology and Psychopathology for Pedagogues). 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007, 260 pp. Spisy Pedagogické fakulty MU svazek č. 107. ISBN 978-80-210-4434-0. info
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, Jaro. Psychologie nemoci. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada, 2002, 198 stran. ISBN 8024701790. info
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, Marie, Zuzana HADJ-MOUSSOVÁ and Stanislav ŠTECH. Psychologie handicapu. 2. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 2000, 230 s. ISBN 8071849294. info
    recommended literature
  • WEIS, Robert. Introduction to abnormal child and adolescent psychology. 3 edition. Los Angeles: Sage, 2018, xxviii, 65. ISBN 9781506339764. info
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, Marie. Psychopatologie pro pomáhající profese. Vyd. 5., rozš. a přeprac. Praha: Portál, 2012, 870 s. ISBN 9788026202257. info
  • LANGMEIER, Josef and Zdeněk MATĚJČEK. Psychická deprivace v dětství. Vyd. 4., dopl., V nakl. Karo. Praha: Karolinum, 2011, 399 s. ISBN 9788024619835. URL info
  • PAYNE, Jan. Kvalita života a zdraví. Vydání 1. V Praze: Triton, 2005, 629 stran. ISBN 8072546570. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Written test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023, Spring 2024, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
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