Introducing Psychology through Research

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9 Clinical psychology
This chapter describes clinical psychology and examines one research paper in depth.
The area: clinical psychology focuses on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders.
The research: how long do the benefits of cognitive-behavioural therapy last for schizophrenia?

What is clinical psychology?

Clinical psychology is concerned with mental disorders (see Box 9.1). It is the branch of psychology that assesses, diagnoses and treats people who are suffering from mental disorders. It also researches into the causes of, treatments and prevention for, such disorders. Clinical psychologists work with people


Box 9.1 Details: what are mental disorders?

Mental disorders are also known as mental illness or psychological disorders (e.g.
depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders). Mental disorders are where a
person's psychological functioning (their thinking, emotion and/or behaviour)
departs from what is considered to be normal. The Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM) (see Box 9.2) defines mental disorder as a
clinically significant problem associated with distress, a loss of functioning, a sig-
nificantly increased risk of suffering or loss of freedom. You may also come across
the term 'abnormal psychology' which is the scientific study of psychopathology.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Boxes and Tables ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 - Introducing Psychology 3
  • 1: Introducing Psychology 5
  • 2: The Method behind the Psychology 16
  • 3: How Psychological Research Is Reported 29
  • Part 2 - The Core Areas and Research Papers 43
  • 4: Cognitive Psychology 45
  • 5: Social Psychology 56
  • 6: Developmental Psychology 70
  • 7: Biological Psychology 88
  • 8: Individual Differences 100
  • 9: Clinical Psychology 117
  • Part 3 - Reviewing Psychology 135
  • 10: The Ethics of Psychology Research 137
  • 11: Conclusion 150
  • Glossary 161
  • References 169
  • Index 179
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