Psychological explanations of Schizophrenia

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1. What are the flaws of Cognitive explanations for schizophrenia?

  • It is factually known that the causes for schizophrenia are biological
  • Direction of causality is unclear and cognitive factors are commonly believed to be the result of biological factors
  • There is no research to support the cognitive approach
  • Yellowlees study
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2. What is social causation hypothesis?

  • Being a member of the lowest social class means increased stress levels leaving individuals more vulnerable to sz
  • High classes are vulnerable to schizophrenia, due to the stress of keeping up appearances.
  • Those who are more wealthy can afford schizophrenia treatments
  • Only the poor can have schizophrenia due to their increased stress levels

3. What are the four main psychological explanations of Schizophrenia?

  • Cold mothers, Ex lovers, alien abduction and violent personality
  • Behavioural, Psychological, Cognition, Society influence
  • Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Social and Family Relationships
  • Psychological, Stress, Infantile regression, Behavioural

4. What is a flaw of the behaviourist approach to schizophrenia?

  • It accepts that all small children are fundamentally evil
  • It is insulting to small children who are just different thats all!
  • It is oversimplified and ignores all biological evidence!
  • It is a badger calling a rabbit mean!

5. Who came up with the behavioural approach?

  • Scheff
  • Maher
  • Chef
  • Freud


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