They’re Not “Abnormal” and We’re Not Making Them “Abnormal”: A Longitudinal Study

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Denise M. Martz Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Chair (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: A course in abnormal psychology may attract students with psychopathology, negatively impact some students, or both. This longitudinal study investigated the selection hypothesis and the impact on undergraduates taking abnormal psychology. Participants completed measures assessing psychological distress, personality, concern about mental health, and willingness to seek help at the beginning and end of the semester. Neither preexisting differences nor changes in psychological symptoms occurred for abnormal psychology students relative to controls. We discuss results in relation to past findings and the potential effects of taking a course in abnormal psychology, most notably enhanced willingness to seek psychotherapy as a form of help.

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Curtin, L., Martz, D., Bazzini, D., & Vicente, B. (2004). They're not "abnormal" and we're not making them "abnormal": A longitudinal study. Teaching of Psychology, 31(1): 51-53. (Winter 2004) Published by Taylor and Francis (ISSN: 0098-6283).
Language: English
Date: 2004

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