Most models of developmental psychology suggest that normal childhood development progresses as a
series of steps, with each new achievement building on prior development. Given this model, select any
childhood developmental disorder and describe how it c
Trace the historical changes in civil commitment procedures, noting previous and current criteria.
Explain the following statement: Mental illness is not synonymous with psychological disorder. What
are the implications of mental illness as a legal conc
Define what is meant by schizophrenia. Using concepts from the history of schizophrenia, show why the
common misconception that schizophrenia means split personality is not correct.
Eugen Bleuler introduced the term schizophrenia. Schizophrenia comes from
Compare and contrast the levels of involvement in substance related disorders: use, intoxication,
abuse, and dependence. Define the word addiction.
There are four different levels of involvement in substance related disorders. Substance use is the
What is the difference between the types of disorders that are listed on Axis I of the DSM-IV-TR and the
personality disorders that are listed on Axis II? Why is there more disagreement in the mental health
profession regarding the categorization of perso
Explain the modern definition of the term disorder as it relates to sexual behavior. Why is the
determination of a sexual disorder a somewhat subjective decision?
The term disorder as it relates to sexual behavior is referrers to sexual behavior that devi
Discuss how psychological factors including negative cognitions affect immune system functioning. Give
examples of physical conditions that are considered stress-related.
Discuss why stress is often implicated as a factor in cardiovascular disease. Defi
Discuss panic disorder including symptoms, causes, and treatment. Use the etiologic integrative model in
your discussion. What is a panic attack? Explain the differences among the three types of panic attacks.
The book defines a panic attack as an abrupt
Describe the differences between feeling sad and depressed versus experiencing a major depressive
disorder. Be sure to mention the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in your answer.
Major depressive disorder is much more intense and longer
Describe the diathesis-stress model, and use the model to explain how one identical twin suffers from
clinical depression while the other does not.
The diathesis-stress model says that there is a certain genetic vulnerability (diathesis) and a certain lif
Describe the major objectives and procedures of clinical assessment. Be sure to include the typical
activities of the assessor and the intended outcomes of the process.
The major objective of a clinical assessment is to evaluate and measure psychological,
1. Discuss the criteria for abnormality and the meanings of psychological disorder, psychological
dysfunction, and culturally expected behavior.
The criteria or definition of an abnormality is not easy to define. What is normal or abnormal is still