Week One Psychopathy

Theories of Maladaptive Behavior

Locate at least two peer-reviewed scholarly articles in the Keiser online library that demonstrate how the biological theory explains etiology in two different mental illnesses. Answer the following questions about each different mental illness:

a)    What are the specific biological mechanisms associated with each diagnosis?

b)    How would each diagnosis be explained by a major psychological theory other than biological theory (e.g., cognitive-behavioral)?

c)    Could each disorder be better understood by the combination of both biological theory and another perspective? If not, why not? If so, which other perspective is best? Why?




Overview, History, and Psychological Theories


Butcher, J.N., Mineka, S., & Hooley, J.M. (2017).  Abnormal psychology (17th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Chapter 1:  Abnormal Psychology: An Overview

Chapter 2:  Historical and Contemporary Views of Abnormal Behavior

Chapter 3:  Causal Factors and Viewpoints

American Psychiatric Association. (2013).  Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).  Washington, DC:  Author.

Introduction  (pp. 5-17)

Use of the Manual (pp. 19-24)

Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5 (pp. 809 – 816)

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