- University of California - Santa Cruz
- Psychology 170
- Basic Terms
Last Modified: 2011-06-26
Related Textbooks:Abnormal Psychology
What is “abnormal”?
-a deviation from social norms
-(assumed to be of a psychological origin or psychologically meditated)
Why is "abnormal psych" not the best title for this course?
The term “abnormal” is vague and
allows for stereotyping and
the process (physiology,
structure, results, prognosis… etc.)
-dangerous (potentially) or high risk
-Multi Disciplinary (Biopsychosocial)
The concensus among most researchers that mental disorders have multiple origins/causes/features
-Biological (genetic, nutritional...)
-Psychosocial (temperment, developmental, relationships...)
-Sociocultural (social, economic, cultural...)
principal or primary cause
precipitating cause (piling on stress)
perpetuating (also called "reinforcing") cause (ex- homelessness)
Biology, psychiatric medicine, neurology, neurophysiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology
social work, counseling, psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, psychiatric nursing, ("mental health professions")
-The process of development influences functioning, prognosis, and intervention
-Disorder is viewed as deviation/dysfunction in one of the fundamental areas of development
-Risk (poverty, violence, genetics)
-Vulnerability (characteristics which increase risks)
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