Psychological explanations of Schizophrenia

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

  • It presumes adults are the cause of children's mentality
  • It labels children as weird
  • Can mental illness be learnt? Surely not
  • It is silly
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2. What is the behavioural explanation for schizophrenia?

  • When Children behave badly.
  • The view that children development schizophrenia because they act in bizarre ways and are avoided by their peer groups, this causes them to be isolated and begin making cognitive errors
  • Children retreat into their own world due to excessive punishment - Labelled as odd - Conform to label - Achieve identity - others reinforce - becomes exaggerated, frequent leading to sz
  • Children behave oddly to gain attention, when they are given attention this reinforces the behaviour until they do not know how to stop

3. In the psychodynamic approach, what characters did Freud say schizophrenics show under the dominant Id, while fixed in the oral stage?

  • Switching between personalities
  • Offensive, childlike, dumb, meek and attention seeking.
  • Impulsive, aggressive, selfish, sexual and Irrational
  • Overly sexual, otherwordly intelligence, violent aggression

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

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

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

  • Rowntrees
  • Bateson et al
  • Yellowlees
  • Browntrees


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