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3. Psychological Causes
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the psychological causes of schizophrenia, focussing in particular on family dysfunction and cognitive causes. We discuss how the research into family dysfunction as a cause of schizophrenia has evolved over time, from the concept of the ‘schizophrenogenic mother’ to models focussing on family interactions more broadly, including the notion of ‘communication deviance’ and ‘expressed emotion’. We then discuss some of the cognitive domains which become impaired in schizophrenia, including perception, memory, reasoning and language.
In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) explores different aspects of the severe mental health condition schizophrenia, including its characteristics, causes and available treatments. We begin, in module one, with considering the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia and debunking some common myths about the illness. In the second module, we think about the possible biological causes of schizophrenia before moving on, in module three, to exploring the psychological aspects of the condition. Module four takes a closer look at the different drug treatments that have been used to help those suffering from schizophrenia, while module five considers psychological treatments, such as family therapy, CBT and token economies. In the final module, we think about the ‘interactionist approach’ to schizophrenia as an approach which takes account of both biological and psychological factors in understanding and treating the illness.
Mr Kevin Silber is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby where he primarily teaches biological psychology modules. Mr Silber is also an AQA A-Level examiner and is involved in authoring texts for A-Level psychology. Having started life as a neuroscientist, Mr Silber’s research interests still lie in biologically oriented topics. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image. Some of Mr Silber’s recent publications include ‘Working memory in children: A developmental approach to the phonological coding of pictorial material’ (2011) and ‘Sexual orientation and the sleep-wake cycle: A preliminary investigation’ (2000).
Cite this Lecture
Silber, K. (2019, September 27). Psychopathology – Schizophrenia - Psychological Causes [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/schizophrenia/psychological-causes
Silber, K. "Psychopathology – Schizophrenia – Psychological Causes." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/schizophrenia/psychological-causes