PSY 220 - Lecture 01

PSY 220 - Lecture 01 - 2/9/2010 Learning Objectives...

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Understanding Psychopathology Q UIN 1 Chapter 1 Learning Objectives • Evaluate the definition of abnormal behavior within a historical and cultural context Interpret the role of science and the 2 • Interpret the role of science and the scientific method as applied to abnormal behavior • Formulate a diagnosis based on the multidimensional-integrative approach Defining Psychopathology • Tom is uncomfortable riding escalators. As a result, he avoids using any escalators. 3 • Rachel has been caught urinating in the corner of her bedroom. • Pat experiences several unexpected panic attacks each week, but is otherwise healthy and functional. Defining Psychopathology 4 Defining Psychopathology • No single definition of psychological abnormality • No single definition of psychological normality 5 • Many myths are associated with mental illness – Lazy, crazy, dumb, weak character, dangerous, hopeless situation Defining Psychopathology • Formal definition –A psychological disorder , or abnormal behavior, is defined as some psychological dysfunction associated with 6 distress or impairment in functioning that is not a typical or culturally expected response.
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Elements of Abnormality • Necessary and sufficient conditions • Suffering • Maladaptiveness Irrationality 7 • Irrationality • Unpredictability and loss of control
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