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Describe and evaluate the cognitive approach to explaining depression (12
marks)
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Point 1 Beck's cognitive theory of depression
Faulty information processing
o Tend to blow small problems out of proportion and think in `black and white'
terms
Negative selfschemas
o Schema is a package of ideas and information developed…

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Point 1 Supporting evidence
Grazoli and Terry (2000) assessed 65 pregnant women for cognitive vulnerability and
depression before and after birth. Found that women deemed to be high in cognitive
vulnerability were more likely to suffer post natal depression
Clark and Beck (1999) reviewed research on this topic and concluded…

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