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 →

Issues That Might Arise While Using the DSM-IV

Some criteria used for reaching a diagnosis cannot be observed directly.It appears that the difference between some of the possible personality disorders is a question of why rather than what (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). For instance, the difference between a diagnosis of schizoid personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder is a question of why people... 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 →

Summary of the Multi-factorial Model and How it Relates to the Diagnosis of Illnesses

For centuries there has been an unstoppable move in the scientific community towards a unified theory of everything. From Edison’s theory of gravity, which explains both the falling of an apple and the moon’s orbit, to Oersted’s theory of electromagnetism, science is being propelled towards more inclusive explanations for natural phenomena (Lindner, 2007). The multifactorial... Continue Reading →

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