Boys with conduct disorder engage in physical aggression whereas girls engage in emotional aggression. Knowing what you know about biological and social factors, why do you think that these different forms of aggression might exist? Do you think that one form of aggression is more damaging than another?
1. What do you think of the dimensional versus categorical classification systems? If you could categorize personality disorders, which would you chooseor would you opt for a different systemand why? 2. A significant proportion of mild intellectual disability has a cultural-familial etiology. Can you identify two factors leading to this type of intellectual disability, and […]
Eriksons theory of human development encompasses eight stages. Each stage presents a particular taskwhosemastery builds personality strength and resilience.When a stage isntwell-mastered,were likely to struggle with its issues throughout our life. Though we cant undo the past, awareness and insight can help us complete what remains unfinished in our personality growth. Here are some guiding […]
Genome-wide association studies, a key tool in understanding the genetics of psychiatric illness, require researchers to study the DNA of thousands of individuals. The only way they can achieve this is by collecting biological samples from individuals with and without the illness under study. Although many individuals willingly participate in such studies hoping that the […]
Use your signature strengths (see Seligman, 2011). Begin by taking the VIA Survey of Character (www.viacharacter.org). Take a look at your top five strengths and ask whether they are your signature strengths. If yes, then make time during the next week to use your signature strengths in new and different ways. It helps to create […]
Your grandmother has recently retired, and she seems more anxious. She denies feeling anxious, but she is agitated and complains about a lot of physical symptoms (e.g., reflux, headaches, sore muscles). She also was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so she now has to watch her diet more closely. How might the changes in her life be […]
1. You are the psychologist who was asked to conduct a clinical assessment for Pauline. What types of assessment instruments would you choose and why? 2. How might you use behavioral and psychophysiological assessments to evaluate a person who is having severe headaches, anxiety, and trouble sleeping?
You are serving as a member of the IRB at your college. One of the professors submitted a request to conduct a study of children who have separation anxiety. She is hoping to measure the childrens psychological responses when their parents leave them in a playroom alone. Considering the three core principles of ethics reviewed […]
1. In Western cultures, the use of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol is common. What do these drugs contribute to our culture, and how would the Western world differ in the absence of these drugs? 2. Because various substances often lead to quite different highs, what factors might influence drug choice across individuals?
When Jennifer visited her family doctor because she was losing weight and having trouble sleeping, he was sufficiently concerned to refer her to a psychologist for an evaluation. What types of assessments might the psychologist do to determine whether the symptoms Jennifer described were related to depression or anxiety?