Paper 1: Psychopathology

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

What’s assessed? Compulsory content of Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

How is it assessed? Written exam: 2 hours • 96 marks in total • 33.3% of A-level

What type of questions? multiple choice, short answer and extended writing maximum 16 marks, each section totalling 24 marks.

273Days 20Hrs 52Mins 17Secs

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 1 content.
  • apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 1 content in a range of contexts
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Assessment Objectives (% of overall A Level)

  • AO1 = 11–14 %
  • AO2 = 6–9 %
  • AO3 = 12–14 %

4.1.4  Psychopathology

  • Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function
    adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health.
  • The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and
    obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias: the two-process model,
    including classical and operant conditioning; systematic desensitisation, including relaxation
    and use of hierarchy; flooding.
  • The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression: Beck’s negative triad and
    Ellis’s ABC model; cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including challenging irrational
    thoughts.
  • The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD: genetic and neural explanations;
    drug therapy.

Psychopathology Lessons

AQA Psychology:
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Lesson 01: Film - Cuckoos Nest
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Lesson 02: Film - Cuckoos Nest
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Lesson 03: Intro to Definitions
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Lesson 04: Definitions AO1
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Lesson 05: Definitions AO3
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Lesson 06: Clinical Characteristics
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Lesson 07: AO1 Explain Phobias
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Lesson 08: AO3 Explain Phobias
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Lesson 09: AO1 Treat Phobias
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Lesson 10: AO3 Treat Phobias
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Lesson 11: AO1 Explain Depress'n
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Lesson 12: AO3 Explain Depress'n
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Lesson 13: AO1 Treat Depress'n
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Lesson 14: AO3 Treat Depress'n
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Lesson 15: AO1 Explain OCD
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Lesson 16: AO3 Explain OCD
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Lesson 17: AO1 Treat OCD
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Lesson 18: AO3 Treat OCD
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Lesson 19: Revision Time

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