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...

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Michael Stewart 6 February 2017 - 03:43

Hi, John. Is it possible/ advisable to focus on just one disorder when doing the Abnormal option? It seems that none of the ERQs require students to write about 2 disorders. Cheers, Michael

John Crane 6 February 2017 - 05:07

Dear Michael, the problem is that the exam questions have read: Analyse the etiology one one affective or eating disorder. So, if students have only prepared an anxiety disorder, they will not be able to answer this question. They could prepare only one, but then they will have to know that it may be the case that they can only answer 2 of the 3 questions on the exam. This may work as they only have to write one essay.

Michael Stewart 13 February 2017 - 01:16

Thanks, John. I notice that lower level command terms sometimes appear in P2 - Analyze, Explain, e.g. How do you think students should approach these?

John Crane 13 February 2017 - 16:34

This is from the IB:

Teachers should be aware that questions on SL/HL paper 2 may use command terms associated with any of the assessment objectives, such as "describe" (assessment objective 1: knowledge and comprehension), "analyse" (assessment objective 2: application and analysis), and/or "discuss" (assessment objective 3: synthesis and evaluation).

Also, command terms from assessment objective 2 could be used in order to elicit the full evidence of critical thinking assessed by criterion B.

Examples of how candidates may show evidence of critical thinking on questions using the assessment objective 2 command terms could include: analysis of the methodology and/or ethical considerations; application of empirical support in relation to a given problem or issue; using evidence from studies that support or disconfirm a theory, model or concept; synthesis of concepts from different levels of analysis; analysis of the interaction between biological, cognitive and cultural factors; addressing the issue of universality versus cultural differences; questioning the direction of cause and effect.

Michael Stewart 14 February 2017 - 06:22

Thanks, John.

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