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Historical Perspectives of Abnormal Psychology
An overview of abnormal psychology.
# 147796 | 1,031 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jul 11, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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This paper provides an historical account of how mental illness has only been recognized as a scientific discipline for the last 100 years. The paper also helps to identify some of the origins of the field of abnormal psychology, how particular illnesses and behaviors are defined as abnormal, and analyzes some of the many models that directly relate to the field of abnormal psychology.

Origins of Abnormal Psychology
Defining and Classifying Abnormal and Normal Behavior
Models Related to Abnormal Psychology
Psychosocial Model
Biological/Medical Model
Sociocultural Model

From the Paper:

''Before the invention of modern day medicine and treatment, the majority of illnesses were blamed on outside sources such as demonic possession, angering the gods, or magic.Various treatments were used in attempt to get the evil entity out of a person, sometimes even killing that person in the process. Exorcisms were commonly performed to draw spirits out of a person, but there were also many lobotomies performed on these seemingly possessed persons. Early on in history, Hippocrates was already on the way to thinking that abnormal illnesses had a great deal to do with the pathology of the brain, and had already pointed out that injuries to the head could cause brain disorders. Hippocrates was also one of the earliest people to put a great deal of weight on the theory that a person's heredity and disposition could have an impact on him or her (Binkert, n.d)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Binkert, P. (n.d). Hippocrates. Retrieved from http://chars.lin.oakland.edu/lin109/Handouts/Greek/gkmedicine.html
  • Hansell, J, & Damour, L. (2008). Abnormal psychology . Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Martin, J. (1993, November). Four hundred years later: an appreciation of johann weyer. Retrieved from http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/bai/martin_weyer.htm

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