This week was spent wrapping up Abnormal psychology. I think that we will have a bit more wrap up when we return after the break. But the important announcement is that all SL students will return to class in January! This is great news – and doubles the size of D block!
I hope that you all enjoy your winter break. I will hopefully see the Northern lights on this holiday. Fingers crossed.
This week we wrapped up the etiologies of PTSD and took a look at our films.
At the end of this week you should be able to explain each of the following etiologies of PTSD and give one study for each. For each etiology, you should be able to discuss the strengths and limitations of the theories. Remember, there is a lot of cross-over between the strengths and limitations of arguments for the origin of PTSD and the origins of depression
Neurochemical arguments (norepinephrine or neuropeptide y)
Locus of control
Social Identity Theory
Next week we will be therapy. I thought that perhaps we need it at this point in the course…..
The key topic this week was the question of gender and the prevalence of depression. At the end of this week, you should be able to discuss the following issues with the differences in prevalence of depression between men and women:
The question of reporting bias.
Why it is not simply an issue of income.
The question of protective factors for women.
The question of biological factors in explaining the difference.
Nolen-Hoeksema’s theory of rumination and the support that there is for her theory.
Next week we look at another aspect of prevalence of disorders – culture. Make sure you are reading Crazy Like Us…