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PSYC 361 - 1

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Introduction to Abnormal Psychology. Basic terms and definitions needed throughout the class.
Abnormal Psychology
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Psychology, psychoanalytic theory, Psychodynamic, Theory, Freud, Watson, adler, Breuer, Abnormal psychology, phobia




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Tricia Mae Fortuna on Friday September 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 361 at Towson University taught by DR. ERIN GIRIO-HERRERA in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 33 views. For similar materials see Abnormal Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at Towson University.

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Date Created: 09/09/16
361 Abnormal Behavior 8/30/2016 What is Abnormal? Some say…  Personal distress to the individual?  Deviance of cultural norms?  Statistical infrequency? (born with one arm)  Impaired functioning? (paying bills)  Threat to public safety? Harmful Dysfunctional Theory  James Wakefield (1992): o DISORDER is a “harmful dysfunction” o “Dysfunction” is a scientific term – refers to failure of MENTAL MECHANISM to perform a function in which it was designed to do o It’s not working the wat it should work  Term combines SOCIAL (cultural context) and SCIENTIFIC VALUES (evolutionary) PSYCHOPATHOLOGY: Development Matters!  Developmental Psychopathology: involves considering: o Normal Development: deviations from the norm o Complex Interactions: between individuals and their environment over time  Biological  Psychological  Socio-economical o Developmental Pathways: toward healthy and unhealthy outcomes  Progress builds over time  Early developmental experiences “set the groundwork” for later experiences  Consider: Normal Curve of Grief and How long… o JOHANNE: lives in Haiti and her depression began after the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, killing 250,000 people and leaving 1.5 million homeless o Consider Distress & Impairment, Cultural Norms, Context/Situation, & Development Who should decide? The definitions of universal psychological wellness or Disorder? Experts, Authority, DSM committee Abnormal Behavior: A psychological dysfunction associated with distress or impairment in functioning that is not typical or culturally expected  DSM-V 2013 contains diagnostic criteria  Psychopathology: the scientific study of psychological disorders What is a PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER?  Psychological Dysfunction: Abnormal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning o Could be “since forever” or “change from baseline”  Impairment or Personal Distress o Problems with interpersonal relationship, academic, etc. o Impairment: In context of a person’s background and culture  Behavior NOT typical in cultural norms  Psychological Disorder: psychological dysfunction associated with distress or impairment in functioning that is not a culturally expected response  Phobia: persistent fear of an object or situation  Abnormal behavior: actions that are not expected and evaluated negatively because they’re different from typical behavior Clinical Description: details of combination of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings of an individual that make up a particular disorder  Course = “Pattern” o Chronic – long term (lasting a long time) o Episodic – In episodes (comes and goes)  Prognosis – anticipated course (pattern) of a disorder  Onset – how the disorder begins o Acute: Suddenly starts (i.e.. Phobia) o Insidious: Gradually develop in a period of time (i.e.. Schizophrenia)  Prevalence – number of people displaying a disorder in the total population at any given time 361  Incidence – number of new cases of a disorder appearing during a specific period  Etiology – Cause or source of a disorder What is a Scientist-Practitioner  Keep up with current developments  Evaluate own assessments of treatments for effectiveness  Research to produce new information that gives feedback for clinical service  Practice treatment delivery and research mutually affects each other Treatment Outcome Research: Comparing the Outcome  Efficacy Research: Study in Laboratory/high control environment (ideal)  Effectiveness Research: Study application in the real world/low control environment (generalize) Three Traditions:  Supernatural Tradition  Biological Tradition  Psychological Tradition o 1800-1850: Moral Therapy: Psychosocial approach in the 19 century that treats patients in normal environments as possible. o After mid 1800’s: Poor treatment resumed o Dorothea Dix  Mental Hygiene Movement - improving standards of care  Giving care for those who need care o Psychoanalytic Theory  Breuer and Freud  Hypnosis training history  Discovered the unconscious: part of psychic makeup that is outside our awareness  Catharsis: releasing emotional material important factor in psychoanalytic theory  Three major Tenets of the Psychoanalytical Model  Structure of mind and personality functions sometimes encounter  Defense mechanisms (Denial, Displacement, Projection, Rationalization, Reaction Formation, Repression, and Sublimation) – avoid problems  Stages of Psychosexual Development contribute to Inner problems  Other Contributors to Psychoanalytical Theory  Anna Freud – Ego Psychology: abnormal behavior happens  Carl Jung – Collective Unconscious: Religious and Spiritual drives  Alfred Adler – Inferiority Complex: feeling of being inferior to others while striving for superiority  Psychoanalytic Therapy  Free Association: technique which explores threatening material repressed into the unconscious.  Dream Analysis: method in which the contents of dreams are examined as symbolic of id impulses and intrapsychic conflicts  Transference: concept that suggests that clients may look to relate to the therapists as they do to important authority figures.  Countertransference: therapists project some of their own personal issues and (positive) feelings to the patients  The Psychodynamic Theory: emphasis on the unconscious processes and conflicts but is briefer and more focused on specific problems  Focus on affect and the expression of patients’ emotions  Explore attempts to prevent topics or slow down progress in therapy  Identify patterns in actions, thoughts. Feelings, experiences, and relationships  Emphasis on past experiences  Focus on interpersonal experiences  Consideration for the therapeutic relationship  Explore wishes, dreams, and fantasies o Humanistic Theory 361  Abraham Maslow - Self-actualization: we can reach our full potential if we have the freedom to grow  Carl Rogers – Client-centered Therapy: method where the client directs the course of discussion, looking for self-discovery and self-responsibility  Unconditional Positive Regard: Acceptance by the counselor of the client’s feelings and actions without judgment or condemnation.  Empathy: sympathetic understanding of the individual’s view of the world o The Behavioral Model  Behavior: learned and influenced by other people and events  Pavlov – Classical Conditioning  Watson – Operant Conditioning  Skinner – Shaping, Reinforcement, & Punishment  Behavioral Therapy – Systematic Desensitization: A way to diminish Fear o The Cognitive Model  Beck – Cognitive Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): changing thoughts and behaviors to improve something they’re having problems with.


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