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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSYC 2300 - Psychology of Adjustment

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 

The process of personal adjustment including ways of coping with stress and learning constructive patterns of behavior.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe theories related to both effective and ineffective adjustment strategies.


  1. Summarize appropriate research on the connection between daily events and stress.
  2. Identify ways to promote and maintain adjustment in daily life.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the impact of coping strategies on common sources of stress.


  1. Identify two ways in which stress can impact both physiological and psychological health.
  2. Describe three effective coping strategies and explain how they minimize stress.
  3. Describe the role of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors in the reaction to and ability to cope with stress.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the factors necessary to create and maintain effective social relationships.


  1. Describe at least four social factors that influence communication in relationships.
  2. Identify three effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills that influence positive relations.
  3. Summarize the role of context in relationship communication.
  4. Summarize the research findings on same gender friendships, opposite gender friendships and romantic relationships (both heterosexual and homosexual).

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the psychological principles of adjustment to daily living.


  1. List three social and/or cultural factors that contribute to identity development.
  2. Describe three theories of identity development.
  3. Summarize the role of personality in identity development.
  4. Name common difficulties that may occur in the process of identity development.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Stress
    1. Stressors
    2. Stress Management
  2. Physical Health
    1. Effects of Stress on Health
    2. Adjustment and Health
  3. Psychological Disorders
    1. Definitions
    2. Causes
    3. Theoretical perspectives
  4. Social Thinking
    1. Conformity
    2. Prejudice
    3. Group Influence
  5. Interpersonal Communications
    1. Cross‐cultural Perspectives
    2. Communication
  6. Friendship and Love
  7. Marriage and Committed Relationships
  8. Gender
    1. Gender Definitions
    2. Theories of Identification
    3. Impact of Gender Roles
  9. Sexuality
    1. Heterosexuality
    2. Homosexuality
    3. Scientific Evidence
  10. Careers

Primary Faculty
Van Wormer, Sara
Secondary Faculty
Karlis, Lynda
Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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