Ch 26: Basics of Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Basics of Abnormal Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach abnormal behavior and the development of the scientific examination of mental health in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Basics of Abnormal Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Abnormal psychology defined and common disorders Somatogenic theory, psychogenic theory, depression, schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder
Tuesday Understanding abnormal behavior criteria and causes Violation of social norms, personal distress, maladaptive behavior, statistical rarity
Wednesday Abnormal human development Assessment, physical, emotional, cognitive, developmental disability
Thursday Biological and medical views of abnormality historically Somatogenic theory, Hippocrates, Claudius Galen, Benjamin Rush, Franz Anton Mesmer, hysteria
Friday Mental health and psychopathology Mental health, psychopathology, cognitive emotional, social and behavioral dimensions

5 Lessons in Chapter 26: Basics of Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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