Ch 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Abnormal Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the history, classification and general concepts of abnormal psychology 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 Introduction to 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 Defining abnormal psychology and examining its history and causes Abnormal psychology, common disorders, biological and psychological theories, criteria for abnormal behavior, ancient Greek philosophers
Tuesday Reform movements in abnormal psychology Evolution of mental illness theories, maltreatment, demonology, trephination, humanitarian reforms
Wednesday Abnormal psychology approaches, evolution of mental health professions Psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic models, confidentiality and professional duties
Thursday Deinstitutionalization, least restrictive environment, abnormal development and classification DSM-IV criteria, axis system, diagnostic processes
Friday Classification problems and psychology's effect on physical health Reliability, validity, labeling, physical conditions like asthma and hypertension

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to 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.

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.

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

12. 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.

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