Perspectives of Substance Abuse

With which viewpoint or viewpoints do you agree most? Why? Provide specific examples of causal factors and treatments outlined by the respective theoretical viewpoints. I have always been a fan of the behaviorist perspective on psychological disorders, and substance-related disorders are no different. I do agree with Nevid and Rathus (2005) when they say that... Continue Reading →

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Models of Abnormality

Psychologists use several different models to explain abnormal behavior. These different models have created shifts in values and beliefs as well as improvements in clinical research. These differences in ideas mean that the different models are sometimes in conflict with one another. People who follow one model often point out where another model fails in... Continue Reading →

Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism and Mental Retardation

Respond to the following: List the primary features of autism.The primary features of autism are lack of responsiveness, language and communication problems (echolalia, pronominal reversal), limited imaginative play, very repetitive and rigid behavior, preservation of sameness, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injurious behavior (Nevid & Rathus, 2005)Which explanation for autism is no longer considered valid and lacks... Continue Reading →

Personality Theory Presentation

Slide 1 Behaviorism and social-learning theory both seek to describe human behavior in the context of social learning and culture. These viewpoints exclude any affect genetic information plays in behavior, but rather only consider observable behavior shaped by our environment. Slide 2 In order to put things in perspective it is important to understand that... Continue Reading →

Case Study on Stress and Coping

Case Study #1 Jennifer is a 29-year-old administrative assistant married to Antonio, an Italian engineer, whom Jennifer met four years earlier while on a business trip for her marketing company. The couple now lives in Nebraska, where Antonio works for the county‚Äôs transportation department and Jennifer commutes an hour each way to her marketing office.... Continue Reading →

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