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Psychological Explanations of Schizophrenia (24)
Psychodynamic Explanation:
Disorder is a result of regression to a pre-ego stage and attempts to re-establish ego control.
Freud : if the patient had uncaring parents they would regress to a pre-ego stage before they
had developed an awareness of reality and this is used…

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The Labelling Theory:
Social groups construct rules for members to follow, symptoms are seen as deviant from the
`normal' rules and so a person can be labelled schizophrenic if they deviate.
Comer: one the diagnostic label is applied it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that promotes the
development of other symptoms.…


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