Psychological explanations of Schizophrenia

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1. What is double bind theory?

  • Schizophrenia is a learned response which occurs when children are constantly placed in no win situations, offered conflicting messages (eg. Hug me, grow up)
  • Where children are asked to choose between their parents
  • Where children are bound by a feeling of duty to their friends and family
  • Schizophrenia doubly binds a person biologically and psychologically
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2. What is social causation hypothesis?

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

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

  • Does not explain why children grow horns with the disorder.
  • Makes schizophrenia seem more a personality trait than a mental illness.
  • Trivialises a complex psychological disorder
  • Is overly complicated

4. In what piece of research has the cognitive approach for schizophrenia been used in a therapeutic manner?

  • Yellowlees
  • Bateson et al
  • Browntrees
  • Rowntrees

5. Who came up with the cognitive explanation?

  • Maher
  • Freud
  • Scheff
  • Bateson et al


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