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Abnormal Psychology Week 1

by: Brittany Lopez

Abnormal Psychology Week 1 Psy 22

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Introduction to abnormal psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Carol Kimbrough
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brittany Lopez on Wednesday August 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Psy 22 at Hartnell College taught by Carol Kimbrough in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Abnormal Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at Hartnell College.

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Date Created: 08/31/16
Understanding Abnormal Behavior  Focus Questions: 1. What is Abnormal Psychology? 2. What criteria are used to determine normal or abnormal behavior? 3. How have explanations about the causes and treatment of psychological  abnormality changed over time? 4. How common are mental disorder? 5. What are some of the recent trends in providing treatment for mental disorders? What is abnormal psychology? o Scientific study that seeks to: 1. Describe 2. Predict 3. Explain 4. Control Behaviors that are considered strange or unusual 5. Systematic observations by trained professional 6. Psychological testing 7. Assessment tools (Clinical evaluations, mental status, exams, etc.) 8. Diagnosis 9. DSM­IV­TR Criteria (Labeling) Predicting Abnormal Behavior:  Given an accurate diagnosis, can we predict future symptoms or problems? o Limited (ex. Depression and suicide)  Explaining Abnormal Behavior: o Can scientists identify causes and determine how these causes led to described  behavior? 1. Limited 2. If we can’t determine cause, how can we determine what treatment  measures are appropriate? Controlling abnormal behavior:     Treatment or therapy: A program of systematic interventions whose purpose is to modify  a client’s behavioral, affective, and or cognitive states     Jerome Frank: All forms of therapy have 3 essential ingredients: 1. A sufferer who seeks relief from a healer 2. A trained, socially acceptable healer 3. A series of contacts between the sufferer and healer through which  the healer attempts to produce certain changes in the sufferer Controversies about treatment:  What constitutes appropriate therapeutic goals?  Do we “cure” mental disorders or teach more functional patterns of behavior?  Should we call them “patients” or “clients”?  Many definitions proposed, no one definition universally accepted


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