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Section 2.Schizophrenia and forensics
Misreading the QAnswering atreatmentquestion by outlining/evaluating theexplanation(e.g. Cognitive treatments were answer with explanation)Answering anexplanationquestion by outlining/evaluating thetreatment.Vagueand generic summaries.If the answer could be read asCBTfor another disorder then it is not answering the question.Too many of you are throwing away easy marks – by not referencingszSYMPTOMS
Two common problems in theszunit
Q 12 Briefly outline Family Therapy in the treatment ofSz(2 marks)
Q13- evaluate family therapy as a treatment for SZ (4 marks)

Q 14OUtlineCognitiveTreatmentsofSz(4 marks)
Cognitive = cognitions. Therefore only therapy that changes mental processes are cognitive therapies.Token economies are abehavioural therapyas they purelyreinforce behaviour. They do not change cognitions. Remember this is one of the mainlimitationsof tokeneconomies
Q 14OUtlineCognitiveTreatmentsofSz(4 marks)
Q 15 Give one strength and one weakness of the cognitive explanation ofsz
A number of answersfocusedon evaluating the cognitive treatment instead of the cognitive explanation.You can say that a strength of the explanation is that it has helped to developed successful treatments. The only worry is that if you go on to elaborate too much on the treatment that you end up answering a totally different question.If you know a different strength or weakness go with this. Only use the treatment route if you forget everything else. Just in case you go off on a massive tangent.
With reference to the scenario, discuss the importance of an interactionist approach to treatingSz(8 marks)
Immediately you need to think what can I score marks for? And is the Q about treatment or the explanation.A01 is 3 marks. So I need to outline what theinteractionist treatmentis. NOT what the explanation is.Ifbio and psych treatments outlined separately then max. 1 mark.“In relation to treating schizophrenia, research indicates combination treatments, where more than one treatment is administered simultaneously to patients, are generally most effective. This is reflective of the interactionist model of using both biological and psychological treatments. For example, the use of anti-psychotic medication alongside CBT or family therapy. This can reduce the symptoms of SZ e.g. hallucinations and address the underlying stressors that can contribute to the disorder e.g. communication issues within the family.”
With reference to the scenario, discuss the importance of an interactionist approach to treatingSz(8 marks)
A02 is worth 2 marks. So you need to say why it was important for Mia. Why did it help her so much? Why was it more suitable than just one treatment?Doctor recognises the importance of taking an interactionist approach “it may help to reduce other symptoms”Mia has experienced “significant symptom reduction” since starting a combination treatment of drugs and CBT demonstrating the importance of taking an interactionist approach to treating SZ.
With reference to the scenario, discuss the importance of an interactionist approach to treatingSz(8 marks)
A03 is worth 3 marks. So you need to give an evaluationpoint(1 PEEL) and LINK IT BACK to the importance of the interactionist approach!The interactionist approach to treatment can be seen as a more appropriate and complete explanation of schizophrenia. SZ is complex so only using one treatment option is too narrow and unlikely to be as effective.Use of supporting research e.g.Tarrieret al.Limitations e.g. possible side effects of drugs, unwillingness to engage in CBT or family therapy.Economic implications- reduced relapse and hospital admission
forensics
Q17 top down and bottom up
Q18a referring TO THIS INVESTIGATION, EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DATA
Explain how the psychologist could continue her investigation by carrying out thematic analysis of the interview recordings. 2 marks
Q 19 Discuss ways of measuring crime
Q 19 Discuss ways of measuring crime
OFFICIAL STATISTICSPOLICE RECORDED CRIMES (+prison)Strengths = national, must be published every 3 months so can see patterns geographically / over time.Weaknesses = for a crime to be in stats it must be detected bypublicthen reported bypublicthen recorded bypolice. OR police need to ‘see’ it first hand Major issues at each stage thus hidden/dark figure is huge.
Victim surveys e.g. CSEWSurvey asking people how many crimes committed against them in last 12 months. Anonymous. Not conducted by police. One example is CSEWStrengths = overcomes issues of not wanting to report to police. = shows much more of the hidden figure than police statsWeaknesses = relies on memory, sample of CESW = householders, still problem of crimes that go undetected or there is no victim e.g. drug abuse / green crime.
Offender surveys e.g. OCJSSurvey asks those likely to be offenders (not just offenders). What crimes committed, reasons behind. Usuallywith juveniles.Strengths – anonymous no repercussions. Only way to find out about small petty victimless crimese.gdrug abuse, anti-social behaviourWeaknesses – exaggeration, serious crimes not found, white collar crime not found.

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