Abnormal Psychology

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY:

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Within the IB curriculum, the study of Abnormal Psychology has the following learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the extent to which biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors influence abnormal behavior
  • Evaluate psychological research relevant to the study of abnormal behavior
  • Discuss the concepts of normality and abnormality
  • Discuss validity and reliability of diagnosis
    • Great Research from the APA themselves regarding low inter-rater reliability:
      • https://www.madinamerica.com/2013/03/the-dsm-5-field-trials-inter-rater-reliability-ratings-take-a-nose-dive/
    • Read this critique of the DSM-V (new in 2013) by Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Duke University:
      • https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes
  • Discuss cultural and ethical considerations in diagnosis….see great article on “Why Cambodians Never Get Depressed” 
    • http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/02/02/382905977/why-cambodians-never-get-depressed

To address some of the learning outcomes above, we’ll engage in the following learning activity (among others of course!): 

What is WeirdWhat is weird

  • Jahoda’s Health Model: https://www.tutor2u.net/psychology/reference/deviation-from-ideal-mental-health

Application of your understanding of “concepts of abnormality”Concepts of Abnormality

  • Great article from Psychology Today regarding the changes in the DSM-V. The article illustrates beautifully issues of validity and reliability in diagnosis: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes

Psychological Disorders is a sub-unit of Abnormal Psych and has the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate psychological research (through theories and studies) relevant to the study of abnormal behavior
  • Discuss the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors in abnormal behavior
  • Describe symptoms and prevalence of one disorder from two of the following groups: anxiety disorders, affective disorders, eating disorders.
  • Analyze etiologies (in terms of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors) of one disorder from two of the following groups: anxiety disorders, affective disorders, eating disorders.
  • Explain cultural and gender variations in disorders.

Implementing Treatment is another subunit of Abnormal Psych and has the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the extent to which biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors influence abnormal behavior
  • Evaluate psychological research relevant to the study of abnormal behavior
  • Examine biomedical, individual, and group approaches to treatment
  • Evaluate the use of biomedical, individual, and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder. 
  • Discuss the use of eclectic approaches to treatment
  • Discuss the relationship between etiology and therapeutic approach in relation to one disorder.

Abnormal Study Guide to Studies: 

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Below, is our class google doc that we’ll use to cooperatively collate all our innovative and  current  research satisfying the learning outcomes of the Abnormal Unit!!!!!!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tzdO9ZTt4muIee5HiS-pPbOzfuhzvwg64Qoa19eY7A8/edit?usp=sharing

Copy and paste the above into your browser if it’s not hyperlinked!!


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