Paper 3: Schizophrenia

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology

  • What’s assessed? Compulsory content of Issues and Debates plus Optional Content (our centre has chosen Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression)
  • How is it assessed? Written exam: 2 hours • 96 marks in total • 33.3% of A-level
  • What type of questions? Section A-D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing maximum 16 marks, each section totaling 24 marks.

Students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 3 content.
  • apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 3 content in a range of contexts
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 3 content
  • evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Assessment Objectives (% of overall A Level)

  • AO1 = 9–12 %
  • AO2 = 5–8 %
  • AO3 = 15–17 %

4.3.5  Schizophrenia

  • Classification of schizophrenia. Positive symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including speech poverty and avolition. Reliability and validity in diagnosis and classification of schizophrenia, including reference to co-morbidity, culture and gender bias and symptom overlap.
  • Biological explanations for schizophrenia: genetics, the dopamine hypothesis and neural correlates.
  • Psychological explanations for schizophrenia: family dysfunction and cognitive explanations, including dysfunctional thought processing.
  • Drug therapy: typical and atypical antipsychotics.
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy and family therapy as used in the treatment of schizophrenia. Token economies as used in the management of schizophrenia.
  • The importance of an interactionist approach in explaining and treating schizophrenia; the diathesis-stress model.

Schizophrenia Lessons

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Lesson 01: TED Talks For Sz
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Lesson 02: Symptoms of Sz
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Lesson 03: Rel & Val Pt1
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Lesson 04: Rel & Val Pt2
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Lesson 05: Rel & Val Plan
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Lesson 06: Bio - Genes
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Lesson 07: Bio - Dopamine
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Lesson 08: Bio - Neural
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Lesson 09: Drugs AO1
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Lesson 10: Drugs AO3
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Lesson 11: Drugs Plan
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Lesson 12: Family AO1
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Lesson 13: Family AO3
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Lesson 14: Cognitive AO1
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Lesson 15: Cognitive AO3
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Lesson 16: Psych Plan
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Lesson 18: Psych Therapy
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Lesson 19: Therapy AO1
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Lesson 20: Therapy AO3
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Lesson 21: Therapy Plan
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Lesson 23: Dia-Stress AO1
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Lesson 24: Dia-Stress AO3
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Lesson 25: Apply Back
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Lesson 26: Overview