To what extent do biological, cognitive and socio-cultural factors influence abnormal behaviour? Evaluate psychological research (that is, theories and/or studies) relevant to abnormal psychology. Examine the concepts of normality and abnormality. Discuss validity and reliability of diagnosis. Discuss cultural and ethical considerations in diagnosis. Describe symptoms and prevalence of one disorder...

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Richard Knuckey 23 August 2017 - 00:19

Hi John
I"m just marking our practice exam scripts, and a student addressed the "Do what extend do Cognitive or Sociocultural factors influence Abnormal Behavior" question, then proceeded to talk about Violence (in the context of the factors that give rise to violence as an 'abnormal' behavior). She obviously got muddled up with the SCLOA LOs .. would this be worthy of any marks in an IB exam?

John Crane 23 August 2017 - 15:51

Dear Richard, probably not. Violence is not seen as an abnormal behaviour in and of itself. If she were writing about anti-social personality disorder, that would work. It is an interesting question how the IB would mark it. My guess is that they would give it up to a 3 for content and no more than a 2 for organization. Most likely up to a 6 for critical thinking.

Richard Knuckey 24 August 2017 - 05:07

Thanks for that John ... very useful.

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