Clinical Revision

If I was a gambling girl…When you have revised everything for Paper 2 and you don’t know what to do with yourself, these are the topic where I would pay some special extra attention!

  • Rosenhan (don’t reckon it will be a 20 marker but sure to be there for something!)
  • Cross Sectional, Cross-Cultural, Meta-analysis: maybe with a graph of some sort
  • Primary and Secondary data (maybe combined with the above and below)
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Explanations (one other disorder) depression
  • Symptoms and Features depression
  • Key Question (maybe not a large allocation but maybe an 8/12?)
  • Case studies/Luhrmann (small or large allocation?)
  • validity of diagnosis (so much on reliability so far)
  • treatments for SZ (so much on SZ so far bit not treatments so much)
  • always methods and stats, methods and stats and more methods and stats

evaluating-treatments-and-therapiesmy-copy-3: My treatments and therapies handout (we used to call this the bible, but it needs updating a little, when I get time I will work on this a little more but might have some useful little gems for now!)

Join my quizizz classroom:
Symptoms and features of SZ: 063643
Bio Exp of schizophrenia: 809240
Carlsson et al (2000): 073696

Clinical Mock: 

  1. Outline one strength and one weakness of the concept “deviation” when deciding whether a person requires a diagnosis of a mental disorder (4)
  1. The DSM and the ICD are classification systems that are helpful for making diagnoses of mental disorders. Compare the DSM IV or V and the ICD 10. (2)
  1. Using research evidence, explain one strength of the DSM IV or V with regard to validity of diagnosis. (3)
  1. Victor works in a high secure unit for prisoners with mental health difficulties. He used a questionnaire to measure levels of paranoia, where the higher the score the more paranoid the person feels. When he plotted the data, his graph looks like this:

Describe what this graph tells us about Victor’s data (2)

  1. Evaluate Rosenhan’s (1973) classic study “ On being sane in insane places” (12)

Total for Clinical: 23


  1. a) Describe one symptom of schizophrenia. (2)

b) Describe an issue associated with making a valid diagnosis of schizophrenia.

2. Alex has been asked to take part in a longitudinal study of the relationship between mothers with a social phobia and elements of social phobia in their children.

a) Describe a suitable longitudinal procedure for this study. (2)

b) Describe an appropriate sampling technique for this longitudinal study looking at the relationship between mothers and their children in relation to social phobias. (3)

3. A group of researchers is conducting research into anxiety among adults. The
researchers believe that negative life events may be a cause of anxiety. They have
asked people with anxiety to record the number of positive and negative life events
they have experienced over the last 12 months. Examples of events participants were asked to consider included marriage/divorce, promotion/losing a job, moving home/losing a house, bereavement and births. The participants provided a total score for both positive and negative life events. The results are presented in Table 1.

Positive life events                       Negative life events
Participant A                             3                                           6
Participant B                             1                                           5
Participant C                             2                                           1
Participant D                             0                                           9
Participant E                              1                                           8
Participant F                              2                                           6
Participant G                             4                                            6
Participant H                             3                                            11
Participant I                               4                                            9
Participant J                               2                                            12
Mean                                           2.2                                          7.3

(a) (i) Calculate the standard deviation for negative life events. Show your working
and give your answer to two significant figures. (4)

(ii) State how the standard deviation for positive life events would differ from the
negative life events you have calculated. (1)

(b) When using a Wilcoxon Test to compare the positive and negative life events, the
calculated value (T) was 1 (T=1). The critical value table can be found in the formulae and statistics table at the front of the paper. Explain whether these results were significant at p<0.05 and if the research hypothesis can be accepted. (3)

4. If a person visited two different psychiatrists, they might receive two different diagnoses of their medical condition. Assess the reliability of mental disorder diagnosis using research evidence. (8)

5. A news article has criticised the effectiveness of psychological treatment. The
headline was ‘Psychological treatments for mental disorders do not work as these
disorders are not psychological in origin’. For a mental disorder other than schizophrenia, use your knowledge of the possible explanations of its causes to assess how effective a psychological treatment would be compared to a biological treatment. (8)

6. Evaluate the view that schizophrenia has a stronger biological basis than other
mental disorders. Refer to one other mental disorder in your response. (20)