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Psyc 3560 (abnormal psyc) exam 1 study guide

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Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology Clinical Assessment Causal Factors and Viewpoints Introduction to Abnormal Behavior: How is Abnormal Behavior Defined?
Abnormal Psychology
Dr. Fix
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Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 1. Introduction to Abnormal Behavior: How is Abnormal Behavior Defined? Importance of culture in abnormal psych o Every culture has certain standards for acceptable behavior, or socially acceptable norms. Those members of a society who do not think and behave like everyone else break these norms so are often defined as abnormal. Under this definition, a person's thinking or behavior is classified as abnormal if it violates the (unwritten) rules about what is expected or acceptable behavior in a particular social group. 3 D’s of abnormality § Deviant Behavior § Psychological Distress § Debilitating DSM-5 definition of abnormal behavior o Clinically significant syndrome o Distress or disability (impaired functioning) o Not culturally sanctioned o Considered to reflect behavioral, psychological, or biological dysfunction Benefits of Classification o Provides a nomenclature for structuring information o Facilitates communication o Facilitates research § But can also impede research that is “outside of the box” o Practical reasons (resource allocation, insurance) Disadvantages of classification o Stigmatization § Stereotyping/labeling • Lead to people feeling embarrassed, less likely to get help § Loss of information § Diagnostic categories are heterogeneous • Presenting in several different ways • Criticisms of the DSM-5 (also located in chapter 4 of the book) 2. Causal Factors and Viewpoints Define etiology • The study of causation, or origination of (psychological) factors Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 Types of Causal Factors* (e.g., necessary, sufficient, contributory, distal, proximal) • Necessary Cause • Some that HAS to happen in order for something else to occur; NOT enough on its own • Examples: • Water is necessary for humans to live, but is not sufficient • Being awake while taking an exam is necessary, in order for you to pass, but it is not sufficient • Sufficient Cause • Enough to get the job done. Without more information you can’t assume that its a requirement. Not the only way that it can happen • Examples: • Taking a limo to campus is sufficient to get you there. However you can take some other form of transportation • Decapitation is sufficient to cause death, however there are other causes of death • Necessary/Sufficient Causes • Examples: • Completing all the requirements of your degree program is necessary & sufficient for earning your degree • Contributory Cause • A lot of different factors Increase the probability of a disorder developing but is not necessary or sufficient for someone to have a disorder • Most studied within psychology • Example: • Family history of alcohol use predicting alcohol dependence • Heavy smoking predicting lung cancer • Abuse predicting PTSD • Distal • Casual factors that occur a while before the onset of the disorder • Example: • Malnutrition as an infant Is associated with attention problems in adulthood • Proximal • Casual factors that occur shortly prior to the onset of a disorder • Example: • Severe marital problems leading to the onset of depression Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 Diathesis-Stress Model • Many disorders are believed to develop as the result of some kind of stressor operating on a person with a diathesis, or vulnerability, for that disorder • Example: someone has the gene for bipolar disorder something stresses them out and triggers the symptoms for the disorder. Bio-psychosocial Model • COMPLEX interaction of biological, psychological, and social/cultural factors • Genes/chemical imbalances + ways of thinking/stress level + social roles/ relationships = mental health disorder Biological Perspectives: Biological viewpoints of abnormal behavior • Disorders are diseases of the nervous and endocrine systems that are inherited or caused by some pathological process. • Disorders are the result of neurological abnormalities. • Biological factors interact with psychological and sociocultural factors. Types of biological causes • Neurotransmitter Abnormalities • Hormonal Abnormalities • Genetic Vulnerabilities • Epigenetics • Brain Dysfunction and Neural Plasticity Genotype vs. phenotype • Genotype = genetic code • Phenotype = physical traits Genetic abnormalities – polygenic • Vulnerability for mental disorders almost always polygenic • Many genes contribute to disorders, not one genes decided whether you have it or not Twin studies • Concordance = percentage of twins sharing disorder or trait • Disorder entirely due to genetics (chromosomal abnormality) • Monozygotic twins should be 100% concordant • Dizygotic twins ~50% concordant • If a disorder is entirely due to environment Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 • MZ twins and DZ twins should about equally concordant • If genes & environment play a role • MZ twins will have higher concordance than DZ twins (e.g., 50% vs. 10%) Temperament* (know the definition) • Infant personality, how will they generally behave when they’re older • A child’s characteristic emotional and arousal response to various stimuli Brain dysfunction & Neural Plasticity • Brain dysfunction • Subtle deficiencies in certain brain structures or function have been linked to various disorders • Getting into a car accident, having a brain injury and suddenly becoming paranoid and anxious all the time • Neural Plasticity • Flexibility of the brain in making changes in organization and/or function in response to pre- and post-natal experiences, stress, diet, drugs, etc… • Brains are constantly evolving Behavioral Perspective: Behavioral viewpoint on abnormal behavior, including - What influenced its emergence, origins? - What is maladaptive behavior the result of from this perspective? - Behaviorism and treatment Classical Conditioning (including all terminology) • The process by which a previously neutral stimulus comes to elicit a specific response Operant (instrumental) Conditioning • Process in which behaviors (operants) are modified based on consequences Generalization • where a conditioned response starts occurring in response to the presentation of other, similar stimuli, not just the conditioned stimulus Discrimination • organism discriminates between a learned, voluntary response and an irrelevant, non-learned response. Observational Learning Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 • Monkey see monkey do • Learning through observation alone, • Learning with no direct experience • 1960s – famous Bobo Doll experiments Attachment Perspective Ainsworth’s 3 attachment styles • Secure • Explores/plays when mom present • Distressed when mom leaves • Overjoyed when mom returns • Anxious-Resistant Insecure • Clings to mom when present • FURIOUS when she leaves • Angry when she returns • Anxious-Avoidant Insecure • Could care less about mom • Doesn’t notice that mom leaves • Ignores when returns Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective: Schemas - what are they? • Underlying representation of knowledge that guides the current processing of information • Schemas are influenced by one’s: • Temperament • Abilities • Experiences • Can be a source of psychological vulnerabilities when they become distorted or inaccurate • Assimilation and Accommodation • Assimilation • Work new experiences into our existing schemas • Reinterpreting experiences; distorting experiences to make them fit • Accommodation • Changing our existing framework to incorporate new information that doesn’t fit • Basic goal of cognitive behavior therapies Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 Attribution Theory, including attributional styles (e.g., for depressed vs. non- depressed people) • Attribution • the process of assigning causes to things that happen • Attributional Styles • Characteristic way in which an individual tends to assign causes to bad and/or good events • Can differ by situation or context • Depression – Attribute bad events to internal, global and stable causes to negative situations • Internal • “it must be my fault” • global • “nothing will ever work out” • stable • “I wont ever be able to change” Sociocultural Perspective: How do sociocultural factors influence abnormal behavior • Individual personality development often reflects that of the larger society, as well as immediate family group. Sociocultural causal factors • Low Socioeconomic Status and Unemployment • Prejudice and Discrimination in race, gender, and ethnicity • Social change and uncertainty • Urban stressors: Violence and homelessness 3. Clinical Assessment Why is it important to assess social and behavioral histories? • They may not have a mental disorder other underlying issues could be responsible for their symptoms. • For example: adhd. Someone may be having issues paying attention but if it’s a recent issues than they could have some kind of anxiety issue causing them to be antsy What do we mean by reliable and valid measures? – Reliability • Degree to which the instrument produces the same result each time it is used – Validity Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 • Extent to which a instrument actually measures what it is supposed to measure. Neuropsychological Assessments – what are they? • Assessment instruments designed to measure a person’s cognitive (e.g., memory, problem-solving), perceptual, and motor performance • Often used as clues to the extent and location of brain damage • Commonly used to test for dementia, Alzheimer's, and problems from traumatic brain injuries. Psychological Assessments – what are they? • Attempts to provide a realistic picture of an individual in interactions with his or her social environment • Often includes assessment of: – Personality – Stressors – Level of functioning – Resources – Symptoms/signs Types of Psychological Assessments – Interviews – Clinical Observation – Psychological Tests Assumptions of Projective measures • attempts to make sense of ambiguous stimuli Problems with Projective Measures • poor reliability and validity 4. Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology Epidemiology – The study of the distribution of diseases, disorders, or health-related behaviors in a given population Prevalence vs. Incidence • Prevalence – Number of active cases in population at any given period of time. • 1-year prevalence: Lifetime prevalence • Incidence – Number of new cases that occur over a given period of time (typically 1 year) Abnormal Psyc Exam 1 studyguide May 27, 2016 Correlation* • a statistical index used to represent the strength of a relationship between two factors, how much and in what way those factors vary, and how well one factor can predict the other. • does NOT provide you with cause and effect information; it will not tell you if one factor causes or is caused by the other. Comorbidity – The presence of two or more disorders in the same person – A person with one serious disorder has a 50% chance of having two or more additional disorders – Adds a lot of complexity to understanding abnormal behavior – Presents a major challenge to researchers


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