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Outline and evaluate the psychodynamic approach to psychopathology (12 marks)

The psychodynamic approach was developed by Freud, based on the idea that psychological
problems arise when three relationships between three components of the psyche are out of
balance. Freud argued that abnormal behaviour is usually the result of incidents or…

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Strengths of this treatment method is that psychoanalysis has been found to be effective with
neurotic patients e.g. suffers of anxiety disorders. Bergin (1971) studied the effectiveness of
psychoanalysis and estimated that 80% benefitted from it.

However, a weakness for this type of treatment is that it is not effective…


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