Abnormal Psychology MCQs

Abnormal Psychology MCQs

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1: _____ is a technique in cognitive therapy.

A.   Tricyclics

B.   Structural change

C.   Scaling

D.   Decatastrophize

2: ""projective"" and ""objective"" are two types of ________ tests.

A.   Intelligence

B.   Personality

C.   Rhythm

D.   None of these

3: A fear becomes a phobia when _____.

A.   It does not interfere with the daily functioning of an individual

B.   An individual will go to any length to avoid the situation that he fears

C.   An individual is not aware of what triggers his fear

D.   It is not associated with a specific object or situation

4: A study based on over 9,000 u. s. residents found that the most prevalent disorder was ________.

A.   Major depressive disorder.

B.   Severity of the trauma.

C.   Avoiding eye contact.

D.   Different personalities

5: A sudden loss of _____ is one symptom of a dissociative disorder.

A.   Memory

B.   Learning

C.   Dissociative disorder.

D.   Dissociative

6: All of the following factors except __________ are responsible for pseudointoxication.

A.   Amount of alcohol consumed

B.   Cultural expectations

C.   Physical surroundings

D.   Group norms

7: All of the following statements about smokeless tobacco are true except __________.

A.   Smokeless tobacco users rarely have dental problem

B.   Smokeless tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes

C.   Many smokeless tobacco users are young males

D.   Smokeless tobacco is just as addictive as smokinG

8: Anxiety disorders are more common in _______

A.   Women

B.   Man

C.   Both

D.   None of these

9: At least _____ of manic patients treated with lithium improve.

A.   90 percent

B.   80 percent

C.   60 percent

D.   700 percent

10: Behaviorists believe that _____ is the cause of schizophrenia.

A.   Operant conditioning

B.   Sxs last less than 1 month

C.   Past: institutionalization (could make worse)

D.   Sxs of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder

11: Behaviorists propose _____ as a common way of acquiring phobic reactions.

A.   Classical

B.   Operant

C.   Pair

D.   Modeling

12: Biologically, depression is characterized by ______.

A.   Depressive Bipolar

B.   Norepinephrine Serotonin Dopamine

C.   Unhappiness (dysphoria) loss of interest (anhedonia)

D.   Prozac(can increase suicidal thoughts)

13: Common symptoms of major depressive disorder include all of the following except ________.

A.   Lead to significant distress and impairment in one's life

B.   Generalized anxiety disorder

C.   Periods of extreme elation and euphoria

D.   Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

E.   Physical complaints that cannot be explained medically

14: Compulsion is to _____ as _____ is to thought.

A.   Obsession; antisocial

B.   Panic disorder; action

C.   Action; obsession

D.   Bipolar II; obsession

15: Conversion disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and hypochondriasis are all ________ disorders.

A.   Anxiety disorders

B.   Somatoform disorders

C.   Mental disorders

D.   Bipolar disorder

16: Delusions are to hallucinations as _______ is to ________.

A.   Fetal alcohol syndrome

B.   Catatonic excitement

C.   Reference delusions

D.   Thoughts, perceptions

E.   Bizarre delusion

17: Depersonalization ______, while derealization ______.

A.   Refers to oneself: refers to the external world

B.   Refers to the external world; refers to oneself

C.   Schizotypal personality disorder; refers to the external world

D.   Hippocampus; refers to the external world

18: Dissociative identity disorder mainly involves ________.

A.   Difficulty relating to others

B.   Different personalities

C.   Memory loss following stress

D.   Severity of the trauma

E.   Avoiding eye contact

19: In freud

A.   Panic

B.   Id

C.   Anxiety disorders

D.   Ego

20: In obsessive-compulsive disorder, the obsessive thoughts _____, and the compulsive behaviors _____.

A.   Increased activity in the amygdala

B.   Produce anxiety; reduce it

C.   Grossly disorganized behavior.

D.   The complexity of causation

21: In the psychodynamic view, dissociative amnesia is a(n) _____ episode of massive repression.

A.   Single

B.   Recurring

C.   Discontinuous

D.   Unrelated

22: Individuals with dissociative disorders have _____.

A.   Borderline personality disorder

B.   In DID, one identity dominates at one time; another takes over at another time.

C.   They are far removed from reality

D.   A less voluminous hippocampus and amygdala.

23: Iq tests are powerful predictors of ____.

A.   Person’s temperament and their predisposition to respond to their environment

B.   An individual’s personality type

C.   An individual’s rating on his or her sociometric scale

D.   Income and occupational status in adulthood

24: Misusing diuretics and laxatives following a binge is a symptom of the ______ of bulimia nervosa.

A.   Adolescent-type

B.   Late-onset-type

C.   Substance abuse-type

D.   Purging-type

25: Psychodynamic therapy is ____ than traditional psychoanalysis.

A.   Less effective

B.   Briefer

C.   More expensive

D.   Less commonly used

26: Research indicates that the symptoms of ocd________.

A.   Are similar to the symptoms of panic disorder

B.   Are triggered by low levels of stress hormones

C.   Are related to hyperactivity in the orbitofrontal cortex

D.   Are reduced if people are asked to view photos of stimuli that trigger the symptoms

27: Symptoms of ptsd include all of the following except ________.

A.   Are related to hyperactivity in the orbitofrontal cortex

B.   Physical complaints that cannot be explained medically

C.   Periods of extreme elation and euphoria

D.   Are impulsive and unpredictable

28: The ___ assumes that a biological sensitivity

A.   Stress-vulnerability model

B.   Psychodynamic model

C.   Cognitive model

D.   Biological model

29: The physical symptoms of _____ often accompany major depression

A.   Flat affect.

B.   Anxiety

C.   Antisocial

D.   Borderline

30: The prevalence of anxiety _____ throughout old age.

A.   Increases

B.   Decreases

C.   Constant

D.   None of these

31: The psychodynamic model of abnormal behavior is based on the work of ______.

A.   Freud

B.   Borderline

C.   Phlegm

D.   None of these

32: An operational definition refers to identifying specific behaviors that are ________.

A.   A context

B.   Concurrent

C.   Measurable

D.   Behavioral

33: The primary purpose of the dsm is to _____.

A.   Positive

B.   Help psychological professionals diagnose psychological disorders

C.   Behavioral

D.   A specific phobia

34: Without a shared system of diagnosis and classification, we could not _____

A.   Give anyone a diagnosis.

B.   Keep track of statistics, such as prevalence.

C.   Give labels to disorders.

D.   Treat disorders

35: This multiple-choice test question is a good example of using _____ to test long-term memory.

A.   Recognition

B.   Explicit memory

C.   Suppression

D.   Chunking

36: Unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathy are all aspects of _____ therapy.

A.   Psychoanalytic.

B.   Cognitive.

C.   Behavioral.

D.   Client-centered therapy

37: Unconditional positive regard is most important to the theory of ______.

A.   Xanax

B.   Rogers

C.   Rorschach


E.   Bulimia

38: The mmpi-2 is an example of a(n) _____ personality test.

A.   Unreliable

B.   Invalid

C.   Subjective

D.   Objective

39: Behaviors may be classified as abnormal if they _____

A.   Cause emotional distress.

B.   Are eccentric.

C.   Both of these

D.   None of these

40: If laura has bipolar disorder, then she ________.

A.   Experiences flashbacks interspersed with depression

B.   Never thinks about the risk that a major depressive episode will follow a manic episode

C.   Often experiences mood states that vacillate between depression and mani

D.   Once started a day euphoric and ended the day tired

41: The category of mental disorder with the highest prevalence is _____ disorders.

A.   Four

B.   Biological

C.   Anxiety

D.   Culture

42: The diathesis-stress model presumes that psychopathology results from ________.

A.   Vulnerability and adverse experiences

B.   Biochemical factors

C.   Chemical imbalances and structural abnormalities in the brain

D.   Adverse childhood experiences

43: Each of the following is a symptom of bulimia nervosa except ________.

A.   Body shape and weight excessively influencing the person's self-image

B.   Refusal to maintain body weight at or above minimal normal weight for age and height

C.   Recurrent episodes of binge eating

D.   Recurrent inappropriate behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, to try and prevent weight gain

44: Each of the following is true of people with anorexia nervosa except ________.

A.   They do not try to hide their disorder

B.   They have a distorted view of their own body

C.   They may have had a troubled childhood and adolescence

D.   They have an intense interest in food but eat with disgust

45: The belief that you ________ is an example of a delusion.

A.   Can perform miracles

B.   Are being cheated

C.   Are being followed

D.   All of these

46: The dsm-5 is most clearly designed to ________ psychological disorders.

A.   Classify

B.   Critisize

C.   Both

D.   None of these

47: Milieu therapy is based primarily on the principles of ______ psychology.

A.   Cognitive

B.   Behavioral

C.   Humanistic

D.   Psychodynamic

48: A token economy approach to treatment is based on principles from the ______ of abnormal behavior.

A.   Cognitive view

B.   Biological view

C.   Behavioral view

D.   Humanistic view

49: Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder is more common in ______ than ______.

A.   Adults; children.

B.   Boys; girls.

C.   Girls; boys.

D.   Adolescents; children

50: Personality refers to ______.

A.   A belief that one can perform adequately in a given situation

B.   Consistency, stability, and individual differences

C.   Not feeling that their freedom to make a choice is threatened

D.   Characteristic ways that people differ from one another