Chapter 1: Abnormal Behaviour in Historical Context


Learning Objectives



  1. Define abnormal behaviour (psychological disorder) and describe psychological dysfunction, distress, and atypical or unexpected cultural responses.
  2. Describe the scientist-practitioner model.
  3. Place psychopathology in its historical context by identifying historical conceptions of abnormal behaviour in terms of supernatural influences.
  4. Trace the major historical developments and underlying assumptions of the biological approach to understanding abnormal behaviour.
  5. Describe the different approaches of the psychological tradition (i.e., psychoanalysis, humanism, and behavioural) with regard to their explanations of abnormal behaviour.
  6. Explain the importance of science and the scientific method as applied to abnormal behaviour.
  7. Describe the multidimensional-integrative approach to diagnosing and evaluating abnormal behaviour and explain why it is important.