Psych.ch3-review

  1. Define Diathesis.
    A biological or psychological predisposition to disorder.

    Examples:


    •Genetic predisposition towards obesity


    •Psychological predisposition to abuse alcohol


    •Psychological predisposition to display impulsive behavior.
  2. What are some characteristics of Diathesis?
    •Indicates vulnerability to a certain disorder, but does not guarantee that one will develop the disorder.


    •Something must trigger predispositions to occur.

    •A combination of predisposition and stress produces psychological problems.


    –Example: A lack of exercise and unbalanced diet can trigger someone with a diathesis toward obesity
  3. Define Epidemiology. How does an Epidemiologist investigate?
    The study of patterns of disease or disorder in the general population.

    Investigate: Surveying, observations.
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