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Ch 16: Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders in Older Adults

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Watch video lessons to explore how older adults' mental health and lifespan development affect their overall health and satisfaction. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders in Older Adults - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Learners get an overview of various approaches to mental health plus additional factors that weigh heavily on older adults' life satisfaction. Video lessons feature an instructor who explains key mental health concepts and schools of thought specific to the behaviors exhibited by older adults. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Name and describe two approaches to psychopathology theory
  • Name and describe three relevant behavioral models
  • Describe some common mental health disorders
  • Outline factors that affect aging adults' mental health, like religion and marital status

Video Objective
Mental Health & Psychopathology: Definition & Dimensions Define mental health and psychopathology in general, and specifically in the context of ethnicity and age.
Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory Gain an understanding of the psychoanalytic approach to psychopathology.
Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory Describe the hallmarks of this school of thought.
The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning Define the intersection of abnormal mental health functioning and the behavioral model.
The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning Talk about signs of abnormal mental health within the context of the sociocultural model.
Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness Explore some reasons why older adults may exhibit signs of mental illness.
Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses Identify why the biological model works and where it doesn't.
The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning Discuss signs of abnormal mental health within the cognitive model of understanding.
Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness Explain how certain life changes can trigger or exacerbate mental illness.
Definition of Disorders Learn about common mental health disorders and their symptoms.
Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives Learn about mental health issues specific to life changes.
Classification and Diagnosis Understand how mental health conditions are diagnosed and classified.
Life Satisfaction Among Older People: Definition & Contributing Factors Identify what factors influence an older adult's level of life satisfaction.
Spirituality, Religiosity, and Aesthetics Define and discuss these concepts, especially how they could relate to a person's mental state.
Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People Define and discuss social factors that can affect well-being, such as marital status.

15 Lessons in Chapter 16: Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders in Older Adults
Mental Health & Psychopathology: Definition & Dimensions

1. Mental Health & Psychopathology: Definition & Dimensions

In this lesson, we will explore some of the basic ways that we differentiate between mental health and psychopathology. Included in this is looking at social, behavioral, thought, and emotional processes.

Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory

2. Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory

Here, we will explore the basic tenants of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories as they relate to psychopathology. Two techniques for treatment are also explored briefly.

Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory

3. Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory

Here, we look at what gave rise to humanism and some of the field's basic ideas. We will also look into how humanism views psychopathology, as well as how it treats it.

The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning

4. The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning

What causes mental illness? Why do some people have psychological problems, while others don't? In this lesson, we'll look at one theory of abnormal psychology, the behavioral model.

The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning

5. The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning

There are many theories on what causes psychological issues. In this lesson, we'll explore the sociocultural model of abnormality, including what it is, what some key components of the theory are, and how sociocultural theorists treat abnormality.

Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

6. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.

Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

7. Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

What causes mental illness? Some psychologists believe that psychological disorders are caused by physical problems. In this lesson, we'll assess the strengths and limitations of the biological model of abnormality.

The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning

8. The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning

Everyone has thoughts and beliefs. But how do those thoughts affect your mental health? In this lesson, we'll seek an answer to that question in the cognitive model of abnormal psychology and look closer at the A-B-C theory of processing.

Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness

9. Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness

Biology and environment can influence if and when you develop a mental illness, but how do changes in our biology and environment affect us? In this lesson, we'll look at how changes affect our likelihood of developing psychological issues.

Definition of Disorders

10. Definition of Disorders

How are psychological disorders related to perception and learning? What type of psychologist helps treat these disorders? From imaginary voices to an intense fear of birds, this video will introduce you to the nature of disorders.

Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

11. Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Everyone grows and changes throughout their life, but why do some people have developmental problems? In this lesson, we'll look at common lifespan development disorders and major theories about how people develop them.

Classification and Diagnosis

12. Classification and Diagnosis

How do you diagnose something that you can't see? That's the problem faced by psychologists. This lesson will show you the tool they use to help diagnose their patients.

Life Satisfaction Among Older People: Definition & Contributing Factors

13. Life Satisfaction Among Older People: Definition & Contributing Factors

In this lesson, we will discuss what life satisfaction is and what contributes to it both positively and negatively. We also look at how these influences come and go with age.

Spirituality, Religiosity, and Aesthetics

14. Spirituality, Religiosity, and Aesthetics

As people age, they have a lot to deal with. This is part of the reason that spirituality and religion are so important to older adults. In this lesson, we'll examine what spirituality, religion and aesthetics can offer aging adults.

Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People

15. Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between growing older and mental health. We'll focus on the particular issues that older adults tend to encounter and what barriers they face in seeking treatment.

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