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Emily Hunt
PY4 Abnormal Psychology




Explanations of the Aetiologies of Schizophrenia
WJEC POTIENTIAL question: Discuss the aetiologies of Schizophrenia either physiological or
psychological explanations (They can ask you about one or both).

Psychological Explanations
Psychodynamic:
Schizophrenia is the attempt of the ego to re gain control, it reverts people back…

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Emily Hunt
PY4 Abnormal Psychology



Explains why the symptoms occur

However...

Reductionist, doesn't look at anything other than empirical data

Physiological Explanations
Enlarged ventricles
Schizaphrenics have 15% bigger ventricles, spaces in the brain. Showing difficulties, during the
development of the brain.

EVALUATION

Scientific, empirical data

However...

JDOSPADA

Dopamine Hypothesis

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