abnormality questions by Luk39cn2

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									                                                             Abnormality

                             Defining Psychological Abnormality
                             The specification includes:
                                   Definitions of abnormality: Statistical infrequency, deviation from
                                    social norms, failure to function adequately, and deviation from
                                    ideal mental health.
                                   limitations associated with these definitions of psychological
                                    abnormality (e.g. cultural relativism).



Past SEE questions:
 Give two limitations of the definition of abnormality as a deviation from social norms. (3+3) Jan 02
 Outline two limitations of the definition of abnormality as “deviation from ideal mental health”.
   (3+3) Jan 03
 Explain what is meant by the “failure to function adequately” definition of abnormality. (3) Give one
   limitation of this definition. (3) Jan 04 May 05 Jan 02
 Explain the “deviation from ideal mental health” definition of abnormality. (3) Give one limitation of
   the “deviation from ideal mental health” definition of abnormality. (3) Jan 05 Jan 07
 Explain the “statistical infrequency” definition of abnormality. (3) Explain the “deviation from social
   norms” definition of abnormality. (3) Jan 05
 Identify and explain one definition of abnormality. (3) Explain one limitation of this definition of
   abnormality. (3) Jan 06
 Give 2 limitations of the definition of abnormality in terms of statistical infrequency. (3+3) May 02
 Outline the “deviation from social norms” definition of abnormality. (3) Outline one limitation of
   the “deviation from social norms” definition of abnormality. (3) May 03
 Explain how two definitions of abnormality are limited by cultural relativism. (3 + 3) May 03 May 04
 Explain what is meant by the “deviation from ideal mental health” definition of abnormality. (3)
   Explain what is meant by the “failure to function adequately” definition of abnormality. (3) May 04
 Outline the “statistical infrequency” definition of abnormality. (3) Outline one limitation of the
   “statistical infrequency” definition of abnormality. (3) Jan 07


Past Mini-essay questions:
 Outline two or more attempts to define psychological abnormality and consider limitations
   associated with these attempts. (18) Jan 04 May 05 May 06 Jan 03
                              Biological and Psychological Models of Abnormality
                              The specification includes:
                                     Assumptions made by biological (medical) and psychological
                                      (including psychodynamic, behavioural and cognitive) models of
                                      abnormality in relation to the causes of abnormality.


Past SEE questions:
 Outline two assumptions made by the biological (medical) model in relation to the causes of
   abnormality. (6) Jan 03 May 05 Jan 07
 Outline two assumptions of the psychodynamic model in relation to the causes of abnormality. (3+3)
   Jan 03 May 05
 Outline one assumption of the psychodynamic model and one assumption of the biological (medical)
   model in relation to the causes of abnormality. (3+3) Jan 04


Past 6 mark Describe/Explain questions:
 Outline one or more assumptions of the psychodynamic model in relation to the causes of
   abnormality. (6 marks) Jan 05 May 02


Past Mini-essay questions:
 “Some models of abnormal behaviour see abnormal behaviour as rooted in the past, and some see it
   as due to present circumstances.” Describe and evaluate the psychodynamic model as a way of
   explaining abnormal behaviour. (18 marks) Jan 02
 Outline and evaluate one model of abnormality. (18) Jan 05
 “Despite its weaknesses, the psychodynamic model is still useful in understanding and treating
   psychological disorders.” Outline key features of the psychodynamic model of abnormality and
   consider its strengths and/or limitations. (18 marks) May 03 Jan06
 “Explanations of abnormality have become increasingly dominated by the biological model.” Give a
   brief account of the biological (medical) model of abnormality and consider its strengths and
   limitations. (18 marks) May 02 May 04

								
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