The Diathesis-Stress Model and Mental Illness


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A big debate in psychology during the 20th century was:

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1. Christopher believes that nature is solely responsible for psychological illness. When faced with a patient who has a phobia, he is most likely to say that the phobia is caused by:

2. The diathesis-stress model says that:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet combo, you will review the concepts in the lesson on the diathesis stress model of abnormality. Key topics to remember for the quiz include one of the big debates in 20th century psychology and what the model states about mental illness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the following:

  • The concept of nature as a cause of behavior
  • What the diathesis model says about the cause of mental illness
  • Details on the definition of diathesis

Skills Practiced

You will also be able to practice the following skills with this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the diathesis stress model of abnormality
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as diathesis and nature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the diathesis model says causes mental illness

Additional Learning

To learn more about abnormal psychology models that explain the cause of mental illness, refer to the lesson The Diathesis Stress Model and Mental Illness.

This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Learn about the main goal of abnormal psychology
  • Understand why psychologists argue about the causes of abnormal behavior
  • Review the diathesis model and how it brings together different views on the cause of abnormality