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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a diathesis-stress model unit of a standard abnormal psychology course. Topics covered include:
- Components of the diathesis-stress model
- Lifespan development and vulnerability to mental illness
- Strengths and weaknesses of the diathesis-stress model
1. The Diathesis-Stress Model and Mental Illness
One classic debate in psychology is whether mental illness is caused by nature or nurture. In this lesson, we'll look at both sides and see how the diathesis-stress model tries to explain why both nature and nurture are important.
2. Diathesis, Stress, and Protective Factors: Understanding the Diathesis-Stress Model
The diathesis-stress model of abnormality offers one explanation for why some people have psychological problems and others don't. In this lesson, we'll discuss the three main components of the diathesis-stress model.
3. Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness
Biology and environment can influence if and when you develop a mental illness, but how do changes in our biology and environment affect us? In this lesson, we'll look at how changes affect our likelihood of developing psychological issues.
4. Assessing the Diathesis-Stress Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
The diathesis-stress model of psychology tries to explain how both nature and nurture affect human behavior. In this lesson, we'll examine some of the strengths and limitations of the diathesis-stress model.
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Other chapters within the Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- The Biological Model of Abnormality: Help and Review
- The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- Help & Review for the Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- Clinical Assessment: Help and Review
- Introduction to Anxiety Disorders: Help and Review
- Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Stress Disorders: Help and Review
- Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Dissociative Disorders in Psychology: Help and Review
- Eating Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders: Help and Review
- Substance Use Disorders: Help and Review
- Psychotic Disorders: Help and Review
- Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Life-Span Development Disorders: Help and Review
- Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Factitious Disorders: Help and Review
- Treatment in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review