Abnormal

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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Comments 7

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.

Sania Begum 7 February 2018 - 06:32

Dear John,

Please could you help me in locating the Psychology May 2017 papers. We have mocks coming up and I would like to use the latest past papers. I can't find it on My IB.

Thank you.

Bridget Kirk 7 February 2018 - 11:27

Hi John
Can you tell me whether my students can write about Crazy like us The rise of anorexia Ethan Watters in their exams for cultural differences in abnormal for their exams Thanks

John Crane 7 February 2018 - 13:44

Dear Sania

I do not have the May 2017 papers. They are not located on My IB, but are purchased by schools.

John Crane 7 February 2018 - 13:45

Dear Bridget

Yes, my students also use Watters book and the research by Li on anorexia on exams. It is a valid approach to the question on cultural differences in abnormal behaviour.


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