Ch 26: Abnormal Psychology Basics

About This Chapter

Watch free video lessons and learn about basic abnormal psychology, including some common behavioral disorders. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Abnormal Psychology Basics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This introduction to basic abnormal psychology is designed to provide you with a working definition and understanding of this specialized field. As you make your way through the videos, you'll learn about the causes of abnormal behavior, as well as the diagnostic criteria that must be met for certain activities or conduct to be considered atypical. Your instructor will also provide you with some illustrative examples of atypical behaviors. By the end of the chapter, you should have a basic understanding of:

  • Abnormal human behavior in general
  • The causes of abnormal human behavior
  • How ideas about abnormal behavior have changed
  • Abnormal behavior within a biological and historical context
  • The study of mental health issues as a science

VideoObjective
What is Abnormal Psychology? - Definition and Common Disorders StudiedProvide a definition of abnormal psychology, and list some typical disorders.
The Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: Understanding the Criteria and Causes of Abnormal BehaviorExplain the four criteria for determining abnormal behavior, and identify three root causes of atypical human behavior.
Abnormal Human Development: Definition and ExamplesProvide a definition of abnormal development and learn about some of its symptoms. Take a look at three types of abnormal development.
Biological and Medical History of Abnormality in PsychologyLearn about the somatogenic theory. Review some key abnormal psychology treatments, from ancient Greece up to 20th century technology.
Mental Health and Psychopathology: Definition and DimensionsDefine these terms, and learn about the social, behavioral, and thought/emotion dimensions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 26: Abnormal Psychology Basics
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What is Abnormal Psychology? - Definition and Common Disorders Studied

1. What is Abnormal Psychology? - Definition and Common Disorders Studied

What is abnormality? How do psychologists study abnormality? In this lesson, we will define abnormal psychology, look at two theories to explain what causes abnormality and examine three examples of disorders studied in abnormal psychology.

The Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: Understanding the Criteria & Causes of Abnormal Behavior

2. The Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: Understanding the Criteria & Causes of Abnormal Behavior

What is abnormal behavior? In this lesson, we will look at how psychologists define abnormality, the criteria they use to identify it, and some common causes of abnormal behavior.

Abnormal Human Development: Definition & Examples

3. Abnormal Human Development: Definition & Examples

Abnormal development occurs when a person develops an unusual pattern of behavior, emotion or thought. In this lesson, you will learn what abnormal development is, how it is determined and examine different examples.

Biological and Medical History of Abnormality in Psychology

4. Biological and Medical History of Abnormality in Psychology

Somatogenic theory views mental illness as a medical condition and dates back to ancient Greece. In this lesson, we will look at the history of somatogenic theory, including key historical figures like Hippocrates, Franz Anton Mesmer, Benjamin Rush, and Emil Kraepelin.

Mental Health & Psychopathology: Definition & Dimensions

5. 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.

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