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ERIC Number: ED395243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 10
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Videotapes for Use in Teaching Psychopathology.
Chambliss, Catherine; Magakis, George
Incorporating films in abnormal psychology courses often helps to enliven the class and engage students in the diagnostic process. This summary of films that have been effectively incorporated by clinical instructors may be of value to those wishing to enhance their classroom presentations of these content areas. Although use of mass-marketed films in teaching psychopathology requires more involvement on the part of instructors (who need to point out inaccuracies, structure discussion, and actively integrate material with course syllabi and readings), the ambiguities presented by these films can offer certain pedagogic advantages. As in real-life diagnostic situations, the characters portrayed in many films do not conform perfectly to DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) criteria. Classes enjoy debating which diagnosis has the "best fit," much the same way as do professionals attending problem case conferences. This type of experience with critical thinking and clinical judgment prepares students for the unclear diagnostic situations they will eventually confront professionally. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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