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Psychopathology – Schizophrenia

6. The Interactionist Approach

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Lecture

In this module, we explore the ‘interactionist approach’ to schizophrenia as an approach which takes account of both biological and psychological factors. In particular, we focus on the diathesis-stress model which suggests that both a pre-existing vulnerability and the presence of stressors in the environment are necessary to trigger schizophrenia. We then take a closer look at specific environmental triggers which play a role in schizophrenia, focussing in particular on major life events, substance abuse and stress.

Course

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.

Lecturer

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).

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Silber, K. (2019, September 27). Psychopathology – Schizophrenia - The Interactionist Approach [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/schizophrenia/the-interactionist-approach

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Silber, K. "Psychopathology – Schizophrenia – The Interactionist Approach." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://massolit.io/courses/schizophrenia/the-interactionist-approach

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