Psychology in Action

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(Handout 14.1) that requires students to judge which sexual behaviors are normal. After they complete the questionnaire, assign them to groups and ask them to write a definition of NORMAL and ABNORMAL sexual behavior. Students will have considerable difficulty reaching a group decision. Class discussion can focus on the implications for defining or identifying general abnormal behavior. Active Learning Activity 14.2 - Prejudice and Abnormal Behavior Instruct students to form small groups. Inform them that you will offer some reward (extra credit points, active learning points, quiz points, etc.) for the one group with the largest number of words or phrases for abnormal behavior. Mention that you are interested in discussing the problems of prejudice and stereotypes regarding mental illness, and reassure them that they can include slang terms such as "crazy" or "loony." Give them approximately 5 minutes for their brainstorming session. Ask for the total number of words from each group and award your points. Ask volunteers from several groups with high numbers of words to come to the front of the room and write their words on the board. This takes approximately 10 additional minutes, but it is definitely worth the class time. You will be amazed at the enormous variety and number of terms. In our classes we have had up to 60 or 70 different terms. There will be some official terms like schizophrenia or antisocial, but there will be a dominance of derogatory terms. This provides a wonderful demonstration of prejudice and helps explain historical and modern day problems with identifying, defining, and classifying abnormal behavior. This activity could also be used to introduce or tie in with the therapy chapter (Chapter 15) since it provides a dramatic demonstration of why people are so often reluctant to seek therapy. Active Learning Activity 14.3 - Class Project: Examples of Disorders Presented in the Media The purpose of this exercise is to show students how textbook descriptions of disorders relate to the real world. Have students collect examples from newspapers, magazines, books, television and radio reports of behavior that appears to be caused by psychological disorders. For each example, have students: 1. Note the symptoms identified. 2. Check whether an official diagnosis is reported. 3. Discuss what impression of abnormal behavior is created by the report. As a way of summarizing the various types of disorders, or during coverage of each disorder, have students present these popularized examples and discuss the points listed above. Instructor’s Resource Guide                              Chapter 14                                         Page   190
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H andout 14.1 – Active Learning Evaluation of Normal Sexual Behavior Please rate whether or not each of the following activities represents normal sexual behavior by placing either a Y (yes) or N (no) in the blank.
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