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Ch 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The introductory chapter of this Abnormal Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master abnormal psychology basics. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of abnormal psychology.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering abnormal psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about abnormal psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the history of abnormal psychology or the issues associated with psychological classification and patient diagnosis
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about abnormal psychology
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Introduction to Abnormal Psychology chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Introduction to Abnormal Psychology chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any abnormal psychology question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an introductory unit of a standard abnormal psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Criteria and causes of abnormal behavior
  • The history of abnormality in psychology
  • Reforms in abnormal psychology
  • Approaches to studying abnormal psychology
  • Evolution of the mental health professions
  • The deinstitutionalization movement of the 1960s
  • Examples of abnormal human development
  • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Issues in psychological classification
  • Psychological factors affecting physical conditions

15 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Biological and Medical History of Abnormality in Psychology

3. 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.

Reforms in Abnormal Psychology: Demonology Through Humanitarian Reforms

4. Reforms in Abnormal Psychology: Demonology Through Humanitarian Reforms

What causes abnormal behavior? From demons to the subconscious to cruel treatment, ideas about mental illness have evolved through the centuries. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the beliefs and reforms in abnormal psychology, from the Neolithic days to the 20th century.

Approaches to Abnormal Psychology: Psychodynamic Through Diathesis-Stress

5. Approaches to Abnormal Psychology: Psychodynamic Through Diathesis-Stress

There are seven major approaches to the treatment of mental illness. In this lesson, we'll examine each approach, as well as how they each explain and treat abnormal behavior, thoughts and emotions.

Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond

6. Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond

There are many types of mental health professionals, but all of them have certain duties and legal responsibilities. In this lesson, we'll look at the most common careers in mental health, as well as how some of the legal duties of mental health professionals have evolved over time.

Deinstitutionalization Movement of the 1960s and Other Mental Health Issues

7. Deinstitutionalization Movement of the 1960s and Other Mental Health Issues

In the 1960s, a social movement resulted in the widespread deinstitutionalization of mentally ill patients across America. In this lesson, we'll examine the causes and effects of deinstitutionalization, as well as the rights of mentally ill patients.

Abnormal Human Development: Definition & Examples

8. 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.

What Is the DSM? - Definition & Characteristics

9. What Is the DSM? - Definition & Characteristics

How do mental health workers keep track of the hundreds of mental disorders in existence? When looking up and diagnosing psychological disorders, they refer to the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Issues in Psychological Classifications: Reliability, Validity & Labeling

10. Issues in Psychological Classifications: Reliability, Validity & Labeling

In order to help with diagnosis, psychologists classify mental disorders according to a group of symptoms. However, there are some problems with classification. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the common issues that arise with psychological classification.

Psychological Factors Affecting Physical Conditions Like Hypertension & Asthma

11. Psychological Factors Affecting Physical Conditions Like Hypertension & Asthma

Everyone knows that psychological issues bring all sorts of problems. But did you know they can affect physical ailments, like hypertension and asthma? In this lesson, we'll look at the different ways that psychological disorders can make physical problems worse.

The History of Asylums in the 1800s

12. The History of Asylums in the 1800s

During the 1800s, treating individuals with psychological issues was a problematic and disturbing issue. These patients were maintained in places called asylums, and were usually subjected to conditions that today we would consider horrific and inhumane.

Inter-Rater Reliability in Psychology: Definition & Formula

13. Inter-Rater Reliability in Psychology: Definition & Formula

We use inter-rater reliability to ensure that people making subjective assessments are all in tune with one another. Generally measured by Spearman's Rho or Cohen's Kappa, the inter-rater reliability helps create a degree of objectivity.

The Affordable Care Act's Impact on Mental Health Services

14. The Affordable Care Act's Impact on Mental Health Services

The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid coverage to millions of low-income people living in America, and that aid includes mental health coverage. This lesson will detail some of the ways the Affordable Care Act has had an impact on Americans' ability to obtain mental health services.

Do Violent Video Games Cause Behavior Problems?

15. Do Violent Video Games Cause Behavior Problems?

Do you know an adolescent that spends a lot of time playing violent video games? This lesson weighs the evidence for and against the argument that violent video games cause behavioral problems.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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