The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning


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Which of the following is a core belief of the cognitive model of abnormality?

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1. What does the A-B-C Theory say?

2. People react to an activating event _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The cognitive model of abnormal psychology and its associated treatment methods are an important part of your psychology tool kit, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the vocabulary surrounding this topic. Some vocabulary terms that you will be assessed on include cognitive model of abnormality, the A-B-C Theory, and rational intervention.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Cognitive model of abnormality
  • A-B-C Theory
  • Activating event
  • Consequences of beliefs
  • Rational intervention

Skills Practiced

This quiz & worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of cognitive therapy as correcting a person's belief, which is the underlying cause of that person's psychological abnormality
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as A-B-C Theory, and explain how a cognitive therapist can use a rational intervention to correct a person's faulty beliefs
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how a person's thoughts on a particular activating event can lead to abnormal psychological consequences
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how a person's thoughts form the basis for the cognitive model of abnormality

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on the Cognitive Model of Abnormal Psychology. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain that the cognitive model is based on the premise that maladaptive thoughts lead to psychological problems
  • Understand that a cognitive therapist will focus on changing a person's beliefs regarding the activating event that is the trigger for these beliefs
  • Explore how cognitive therapists can help a person understand that his beliefs are irrational and therefore can be changed in a beneficial way in a rational intervention