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Module One Assignment: Chapters 1 – 4

  1. Describe the problems that are associated with attempts to define abnormal behavior in terms of (a) personal distress and (b) statistical rarity.
  2. Discuss the different types of specialized mental health professionals, their role in the treatment of people with mental disorders, and how people are most likely to receive mental health care.
  3. Describe the benefits and drawbacks of the use of case studies in research on psychopathology.
  4. Explain how scientists suspect abnormal behavior is caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors.
  5. Explain why it is not possible to assume that a correlation must indicate causation. Relate this to the correlation of depression with the depletion of neurotransmitters.
  6. Researchers have identified the five basic dimensions of personality (temperament). List them and provide a brief definition of each.
  7. Describe the technique of systematic desensitization.
  8. In what ways is humanistic therapy different from psychodynamic and behavioral therapies? In what ways is humanistic therapy similar to psychodynamic and behavioral therapies?
  9. What are possible common factors in psychotherapy that might account for its effectiveness, and why is it important to know about them?
  10. Discuss the overall aims and strategies of community psychology.
  11. Explain how the term “diagnosis” in psychopathology does not have the same meaning that it has in other fields, and explain the significance of this difference.
  12. Compare and contrast a dimensional classification system with a categorical classification system, such as the current DSM-5.
  13. What are two major uses of a classification system for abnormal behavior?
  14. Describe the different ways in which diagnosis can be useful (valid). Mention two types of validity.
  15. Describe the three primary goals of clinical assessment procedures, and give an example of each.

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