Ch 9: The Diathesis-Stress Model

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Watch diathesis-stress model video lessons and learn about vulnerability to mental illness, the strengths and weaknesses of the model, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

The Diathesis-Stress Model - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Learn about diathesis, stress, and factors that may make some people more resistant - or more vulnerable - to mental illnesses. In this chapter, our instructors will go over the diathesis-stress model, its strengths and weaknesses, and vulnerability to mental illness as it relates to the lifespan developmental theory of psychology. You will be introduced to the major players and theories that helped shaped the current understanding of abnormal psychology and the relevant vocabulary associated with this topic. At the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Explain how the diathesis-stress model explains abnormal human behavior
  • Understand the roles of diathesis, stress, and protective factors in this model
  • Understand the average's person risk for developing a mental health condition over a lifetime
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of the diathesis-stress model

Video Objective
The Diathesis-Stress Model and Mental Illness Understand the diathesis-stress model and how it is used to explain abnormal functioning.
Diathesis, Stress, and Protective Factors: Understanding the Diathesis-Stress Model Describe how each of these elements relates to the greater model.
Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness Understand how vulnerable we all are to developing some form of mental illness over our lifetimes.
Assessing the Diathesis-Stress Model: Strengths and Weaknesses Assess the diathesis-stress model and discuss its strengths and weaknesses.

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