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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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.

Sarah Asselborn 26 April 2018 - 03:43

Hi John,
I have a couple questions on developing the abnormal unit. For the LO analyze the etiologies of two disorders can they come from the same category example both affective disorders? In knowing symptoms and prevalence of one disorder from two categories if I chose affective and anxiety do I not even need to cover eating disorders? Thanks coming down to the wire and just want to make sure I cover all content I am supposed to.
Thanks for your help.

John Crane 27 April 2018 - 15:23

Dear Sarah

The question would be "Analyse the etiology of one eating or affective disorder." In that case, the student would choose which one to write about. If a student only prepares one disorder, they risk not being able to answer the question. They never ask them on the exam to analyse the etiologies of two disorders. This would be too much for one hour. You are correct that if you are covering affective and anxiety disorders that you do not have to teach eating disorders as well. In the new curriculum, it will only be one disorder taught in depth. Good luck to you and your students in these final days of preparation!

Sarah Asselborn 8 May 2018 - 18:49

Thank you. It has been a rough year getting used to IB. I appreciate your knowledge so much. Good luck to you and your students as well.

Sania Begum 12 May 2018 - 11:28

Dear John,
Regarding paper 2 LO - "Analyse the etiology of one eating or affective disorder." Can the IB ask specially for just 'Eating disorders'? as part of this LO.

John Crane 12 May 2018 - 19:09

Dear Sania

No, they have to always give at least two options. Students are told in the guide to only choose two of the three groups of disorders - affective, anxiety and eating disorders.

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