Final Exam—Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17
PSY 101, Swets
Checklist of objectives for Chapter 14: Abnormal Psychology
__Be very familiar with the findings of Rosenhan’s “pseudopatient” study
– His study used completely
sane people being admitted to a mental hospital claiming to have “hallucinations”
They were then
all diagnosed as either bi-polar or schizophrenic.
They all acted completely sane and made sense in
all their statements but were never diagnosed as sane.
They were only allowed to leave because of
family and spouses… even though they were completely sane.
__Be able to identify the basic view of Thomas Szasz on mental illness.
He believes that mental illness
does not exist.
__Be able to identify the following properties of the
__What it stands for
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fourth Edition
– Text Revision
__What it does
Classifies, defines, and describes over 200 mental disorders
__How it does it
Uses descriptions of terms that allow clinicians and researchers to use a
common language to describe problems while leaving room for disagreement and continued
__The number/types of Axes along which it works
Axis I- clinical disorders, Axis II-
personality disorders or mental retardation, Axis III- General medical conditions, Axis IV-
Psychosocial and environmental problems, Axis V- Global assessment of functioning
__Know the prevalence/incidence levels of anxiety disorders.
28.8% of the adult population
__Given an example, a list of symptoms, or a definition, be able to identify it as one of the following
types of disorders:
unexpected severe panic attacks, physical symptoms: autonomic
hyperactivity, dizziness, faintness, sensations of choking or smothering.
persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation, interfere with
adjustment, cause significant distress, and inhibit necessary action toward goals. Social phobias
persistent, irrational fear that arises in anticipation of a public situation in which an individual can