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diathesis stress model
Week4 Study Questions
Psych Week4 Study Questions
Answer each question seperately in 130 words or more. Question pertain to psychology.
1. What biological, psychological, and social factors contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders? Provide examples
2. Examine the reasons that the DSM has changed over time to reflect sociocultural changes in sexual practices. Examine the concepts of voyeurism and exhibitionism as they are portrayed in the media.
3. Analyze brain impairments in adults.
4. Identify the underlying causal factors of the Paraphilias.
5. Read the case study: Delirium Following a Routine Operation below.
Discuss the case with respect to diathesis-stress. Discuss what other information is needed to understand this person.
(The diathesis stress model views psychological disease as the result of the interaction between a person’s vulnerability for a disorder and stress. A susceptible individual may never manifest a mental illness until he encounters a type or degree of stress that is enough to trigger it. It seeks to explain how different people may respond differently to the same source of stress)
Delirium Following a Routine Operation Mrs. Patterson was 75 years old when she was admitted to the hospital. A widow who lived alone, she had broken her leg, and she needed a routine operation. The operation was successful. However, shortly afterward, Mrs. Patterson began to show signs of confusion. She had problems with awareness and attention, and she had no idea of what had happened to her or why she was in the hospital. During the day, she seemed agitated and aimlessly wandered around. She was unable to focus enough to watch television or to read. She was also unable to recognize friends and relatives who came to visit her. On several occasions, nursing staff saw her staring at an imaginary spot on the ceiling of her room and having conversations with imaginary people. Mrs. Patterson refused to take any medications. She would knock her meals onto the floor when they were brought to her. Between these outbursts, Mrs. Patterson was able to calm down, sleeping for short periods of about 30 minutes at a time. However, at night, she could hardly sleep at all. Instead, she wandered around the hospital ward. She went into the rooms of other patients, waking them up, and sometimes even trying to get into their beds. On a number of occasions, she was found in her nightdress, trying to leave the hospital. However, the staff always stopped her and carefully escorted her back to her room.
Source: Based on Üstün et al., 1996.