Interesting research for the Abnormal Psychology option

It is about this time of year that your Year 2 students and you are learning and talking about different mental disorders.  It is important to keep these  discussions relevant and up to date, and this is where the different internet resources are helpful. In What's Wrong with Empirically-Supported Treatments? clinical psychologist Rune Moelbak argues that elevating the status of  scientifically-supported treatments reduces the patient to a passive recipient of treatment.  Moelbak's article raises questions that are relevant to TOK as ...

What’s normal?

One of the key ideas of the Abnormal Psychology option is that normality and abnormality are not inherent qualities of a particular action, but rely heavily on context and the interpretation placed on them. This presents problems for diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, and underpins questions in the exam, such as "Discuss the validity and reliability of diagnosis".  The fact is that what is considered psychologically normal depends on the society and culture in which a person lives. There ...

Abnormal Psychology – what is “normal”?

The concepts of normal and abnormal. The debate concerning what is normal behaviour is fundamental when considering any aspect of abnormal psychology. Diagnosis, possible causes (etiology), prevalence figures and treatment all rely on the ability of the psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to first of all identify an individual's behaviour as abnormal and needing diagnosis and treatment. Normality can best be defined as that behaviour which falls within the social norms of a particular culture - and of course, these vary cross-culturally. ...