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Ch 11: GRE Psychology: Clinical Psychology

About This Chapter

As part of your preparations for the GRE Psychology exam, review this chapter to go over the components of clinical psychology. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the elements of clinical psychology in a simple and easy to understand manner so you can feel confident in your ability to answer any related questions on the exam.

GRE Psychology: Clinical Psychology - Chapter Summary

Master the elements of clinical psychology through the use of engaging and effective lessons in this chapter so you can more easily answer the questions on the GRE Psychology exam. The short video lessons cover all the topics of clinical psychology in a fun and engaging way. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Mental health and psychopathology
  • Classification and diagnosis
  • Gender differences
  • Health psychology

The lessons in this chapter describe the basic components of each of these main topics within clinical psychology, and include practice questions and quizzes to test your comprehension of the topics. Each component is broken down into easy-to-digest video lessons to make sure you understand the fundamental elements of clinical psychology.

GRE Psychology: Clinical Psychology Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology exam is a graduate-level assessment used to determine your readiness for study at the graduate level. Typically, this test is comprised of 205 multiple-choice questions covering all the major sub-areas of psychology. Our lessons on clinical psychology cover all of the topics you will be tested on in the social portion of the test, which makes up about 43% of the questions.

Clinical and abnormal psychology comprise between 12-14% of the questions on the GRE Psychology exam. They will examine all aspects of clinical psychology and will ask you to select the correct answer from an array of answer possibilities (multiple choice).

16 Lessons in Chapter 11: GRE Psychology: Clinical Psychology
What is Clinical Psychology?

1. What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology integrates science, theory and practice to address psychological problems. It is the largest of many subfields in psychology. The main focus of clinical psychology is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

What Is a Psychological Stressor? - Definition & Examples

2. What Is a Psychological Stressor? - Definition & Examples

Psychological stressors are events and stimuli that cause us to experience psychological stress. Learn about psychological stress, the different types of psychological stressors, and more, in this lesson.

Coping Strategy: Definition & Overview

3. Coping Strategy: Definition & Overview

Study the techniques that people use to handle stress. These techniques or behaviors are called coping strategies. Explore different types of coping strategies in this lesson and test your understanding with a quiz.

Psychological Disorders: Definition, Examples & Approaches to Treatment

4. Psychological Disorders: Definition, Examples & Approaches to Treatment

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.

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.

Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory

6. 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.

What Is Free Association? - Definition & Concept

7. What Is Free Association? - Definition & Concept

Free association is an interesting technique used to solve inner conflicts and contradictions. Learn what free association is and how it works, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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.

Classification & Diagnosis of Psychological Disorders

14. Classification & Diagnosis of Psychological Disorders

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.

Health Psychology: Definition, Purpose, and Goals

15. Health Psychology: Definition, Purpose, and Goals

In this lesson, we will learn about the field of health psychology and who it can benefit. Both the purpose of this specialty and how treatment goals are determined will be discussed.

Internal Conflict: Definition, Types & Example

16. Internal Conflict: Definition, Types & Example

Internal conflict results in having to choose between what two opposing desires. This lesson looks at the different types of internal conflict, including examples, to help you understand the concept more fully.

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