General Framework

To what extent do biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors influence abnormal psychology?
Evaluate psychological research (that is, theories and / or studies) relevant to the study of abnormal behaviour.

Concepts and Diagnosis

Examine the concepts of normality and abnormality
Discuss the validity and reliability of diagnosis
Discuss cultural and ethical considerations in diagnosis (e.g. cultural variation, stigmatisation)


Psychological Disorders
Describe symptoms and prevalence of depression and bulimia nervosa
Analyse etiologies (in terms of biological, cognitive and / or sociocultural factors) of depression and bulimia nervosa
Discuss cultural and gender variations in prevalence of disorders


Implementing Treatment
Examine biomedical, individual and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder
Evaluate biomedical, individual and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder
Discuss the use of eclectic approaches to treatment
Discuss the relationship between etiology and therapeutic approach in relation to one disorder