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Ch 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

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Watch online video lessons, and learn about the different aspects of abnormal psychology. Learn about the causes for various abnormalities and the types of disorders studied in this field.

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

How is abnormal distinguished from normal when it comes to psychology? What types of behaviors or mental attributes are considered abnormal? This chapter seeks to answer those questions and provide a look into the field of abnormal psychology. These lessons offer an introduction to help you understand what abnormal psychology encompasses. You will learn a little about the history of this field, including reform measures. Lessons will also introduce you to the classification system used to help diagnose and treat patients in the field. Some of the other things touched upon in this chapter include:

  • Criteria for abnormal psychology
  • The psychodynamic approach
  • Changes in mental health professions
  • Abnormal human development
  • Problems with psychological classifications
  • Physical conditions affected by psychological issues

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What is Abnormal Psychology? - Definition and Common Disorders Studied Discuss the field of abnormal psychology.
The Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: Understanding the Criteria & Causes of Abnormal Behavior Take a look at the field and learn what criteria is used to define abnormal behavior.
Biological and Medical History of Abnormality in Psychology Study the history of the field.
Reforms in Abnormal Psychology: Demonology Through Humanitarian Reforms See how the treatment of patients and those suffering from mental health issues has changed throughout time.
Approaches to Abnormal Psychology: Psychodynamic Through Diathesis-Stress Explore the different perspectives in abnormal psychology.
Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond Find out more about how mental health professions have changed.
Deinstitutionalization Movement of the 1960s and Other Mental Health Issues Examine the major breakthroughs and changes that occurred in the 1960s.
Abnormal Human Development: Definition & Examples Discover what abnormal human development is.
What is the DSM-IV: Understanding Psychological Classifications & Diagnosis Take a look at the classification process used in psychology.
Issues in Psychological Classifications: Reliability, Validity & Labeling Analyze the problems that can occur when labeling someone with a mental health issue.
Psychological Factors Affecting Physical Conditions Like Hypertension & Asthma Learn how psychological issues can affect physical health.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
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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.

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