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Ch 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Homework Help

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The Introduction to Abnormal Psychology chapter of this Abnormal Psychology Homework Help course helps students complete their introductory abnormal psychology homework and earn better grades. This homework help resource uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long.

How it works:

  • Identify which concepts are covered on your introductory abnormal psychology homework.
  • Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  • Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  • Complete sample problems and get instant feedback.
  • Finish your introductory abnormal psychology homework with ease!

Topics from your homework you'll be able to complete:

  • Definition of abnormal psychology
  • Causes of abnormal behavior
  • History of abnormal psychology
  • Humanitarian reforms in abnormal psychology
  • Models of abnormal psychology
  • Mental health professionals
  • The deinstitutionalization movement
  • Definition of abnormal human development
  • DSM-IV diagnostic criteria
  • Classification issues
  • Physical conditions and psychological factors

26 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Homework Help
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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.

History of 20th Century Psychology: Major Developments & Contributions

2. History of 20th Century Psychology: Major Developments & Contributions

In this lesson, we'll journey through the origins of psychology from ancient times through the 20th century. You will learn about Descartes's and Freud's role in shaping modern psychology and the major contributions of 20th-century psychology.

History of 21st Century Psychology: Major Developments & Contributions

3. History of 21st Century Psychology: Major Developments & Contributions

Did you know that forensic psychology is a branch of psychology? Let's take a tour through history to learn about the evolution of psychology through the ages, including fascinating developments in the 21st-century.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL): Definition, Assessment & Examples

14. Activities of Daily Living (ADL): Definition, Assessment & Examples

We are born into this world helpless to meet our basic needs, such as food, shelter, and hygiene, but as adults, we must be able to meet our own needs. Learn more about the skills and knowledge considered essential to living life independently.

Apathy: Definition, Causes & Examples

15. Apathy: Definition, Causes & Examples

Apathy is characterized by indifference to pretty much everything. People with apathy don't generally feel enthusiastic about things, but they don't feel generally sad either. Read this lesson to learn what causes apathy, its symptoms, and how it's treated.

Confabulation: Definition, Causes & Treatment

16. Confabulation: Definition, Causes & Treatment

Confabulation is a fascinating memory disorder that leads a person to create false memories that they genuinely believe are true. Read this lesson to learn more about the types, causes, symptoms, and treatment options for confabulation.

Crush Syndrome: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

17. Crush Syndrome: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Injuries are always traumatic. Thankfully, modern medicine has evolved to allow patients the best chance at recovering from even potentially fatal injuries such as crush syndrome. This lesson will define the condition, outline its history, and identify its symptoms and treatment.

MMPI-2: Code Types, Reliability & Validity

18. MMPI-2: Code Types, Reliability & Validity

Explore the MMPI-2 assessment and its development. Learn the difference between clinical scales and code types. Understand reliability and validity as it relates to the MMPI-2.

Pseudo (Prefix): Definition & Words

19. Pseudo (Prefix): Definition & Words

This lesson discusses the prefix pseudo, including its definition and the way it changes the meaning of a root word. We will also look at some examples of words that use this prefix.

Psychosomatic Disorders: Definition, Causes & Examples

20. Psychosomatic Disorders: Definition, Causes & Examples

Explore what psychosomatic disorders are and what contributes to their development. Learn the types of psychosomatic disorders illustrated with real life examples.

What Are Refusal Skills for Drugs? - Definition & Activities

21. What Are Refusal Skills for Drugs? - Definition & Activities

Developing strong refusal skills is the best line of defense to avoid further substance abuse. Read this lesson to learn about the importance of refusal skills, as well as examples of strong refusal skills. They just might make the difference.

What is Depersonalization? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

22. What is Depersonalization? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Depersonalization is a peculiar condition where a person either feels disconnected from his or her body or feels like an observer on his or her own life. It's a mental health disorder that you can learn all about in this lesson.

What Is Echolalia? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

23. What Is Echolalia? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Learn what echolalia is and when it's considered normal and abnormal. See what kind of treatment options are available for the condition, and take a quiz after the lesson to measure your understanding.

What Is Endogenous Depression? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

24. What Is Endogenous Depression? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Endogenous depression is believed to be caused by genetic or biological reasons, rather than external stressors like the surrounding environment. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of this type of depression.

What Is Xerostomia? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

25. What Is Xerostomia? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

You may not recognize the term xerostomia, but you may have experienced it before - it is the medical term for dry mouth, that uncomfortable cottony feeling you get in your mouth when you aren't producing enough saliva.

-ology Word Meanings

26. -ology Word Meanings

There are lots of things to study in this world, and we can give each of them a name. In this lesson, you'll learn about what it means to be an -ology word, as well as a few interesting studies that you probably never imagined existed!

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