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Theories of Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The videos in this chapter have been designed to provide you with an easy-to-understand overview of the theories associated with abnormal psychology. As you make your way through the presentations, you'll have the opportunity to examine a variety of different psychological models and weigh their strengths and weaknesses. You'll also have the chance to learn about the physiological basis for mental illness. When you've finished with the series, you should be able to identify and discuss the following theories:
- Psychodynamic model
- Humanistic-existential model
- Behavioral and learning model
- Biological model
- Sociocultural model
|Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory||Learn about the Freudian psychoanalytic school of thought, as well as neo-Freudian psychodynamic ideas and psychopathology.|
|The Psychodynamic Model and Abnormal Functioning||Demonstrate your understanding of the psychodynamic model, including its emphasis on human experiences and relationships.|
|Assessing the Psychodynamic Model: Strengths and Weaknesses||Conduct a critical examination of the psychodynamic model as a tool for explaining abnormal human behaviors and feelings.|
|Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory||Summarize this creative and holistic approach to the study of mental disorders.|
|Assessing the Humanistic-Existential Model: Strengths and Limitations||Examine the pros and cons of the humanistic-existential model, including how it compares to previous models.|
|The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning||Demonstrate your understanding of behavior modification and its use in treating atypical human conduct.|
|Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy||Explain the relationship between behavioral changes and learning.|
|Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics and Evolution||Describe how evolution, genetics and viruses have led to biological abnormalities.|
|Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses||Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of treating mental illnesses with biological or physical therapies.|
|The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning||Discuss how cultural and societal factors can contribute to mental illness.|
|Strengths and Weaknesses of the Sociocultural Model||Explain how successful or unsuccessful the sociocultural model is as a rationale for mental illness.|
|Physiological Causes and Explanations for Mental Illness||Identify the biological or organism-related roots of mental illness.|
|The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning||Describe how distorted human perceptions can lead to abnormal behaviors.|
|Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses||Provide an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of cognitive therapy.|
1. Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory
Here, we will explore the basic tenants of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories as they relate to psychopathology. Two techniques for treatment are also explored briefly.
2. The Psychodynamic Model and Abnormal Functioning
There are many ways to view the causes and treatments of psychological disorders. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the psychodynamic model of psychology and its benefits and drawbacks.
3. Assessing the Psychodynamic Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
When people think about psychology, many immediately think of Sigmund Freud. But, how good were his ideas? In this lesson, we'll look at the psychodynamic model of psychology and its strengths and weaknesses.
4. Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory
Here, we look at what gave rise to humanism and some of the field's basic ideas. We will also look into how humanism views psychopathology, as well as how it treats it.
5. Assessing the Humanistic-Existential Model: Strengths and Limitations
Much of psychology focuses on the negative parts of human experience, but the humanistic-existential model of psychology looks at the positive potential of humans. In this lesson, we'll look at the strengths and weaknesses of the model.
6. The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning
What causes mental illness? Why do some people have psychological problems, while others don't? In this lesson, we'll look at one theory of abnormal psychology, the behavioral model.
7. Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy
Behavioral therapy is a popular way to treat certain psychological disorders. But how well does it work? And is it the best choice? In this lesson, we'll explore the strengths and weaknesses of the behavioral model of abnormality.
8. Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution
There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health. How do elements like genetics and evolution play a role in psychology? In this lesson, we'll look closer at how genetics and evolution can affect mental illness.
9. Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
What causes mental illness? Some psychologists believe that psychological disorders are caused by physical problems. In this lesson, we'll assess the strengths and limitations of the biological model of abnormality.
10. The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning
There are many theories on what causes psychological issues. In this lesson, we'll explore the sociocultural model of abnormality, including what it is, what some key components of the theory are, and how sociocultural theorists treat abnormality.
11. Strengths and Weaknesses of the Sociocultural Model
How much of an impact do society and culture have on mental illness? Proponents of the sociocultural model believe that they play a major part. But there are both strengths and weaknesses of this model, which we'll examine in this lesson.
12. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness
There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.
13. The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning
Everyone has thoughts and beliefs. But how do those thoughts affect your mental health? In this lesson, we'll seek an answer to that question in the cognitive model of abnormal psychology and look closer at the A-B-C theory of processing.
14. Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses
The cognitive model of abnormality blames a person's thoughts for their psychological problems. But what makes it better than other psychological models? In this lesson, we'll look at the strengths and limitations of the cognitive model.
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