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Investigating Mental Health


  1. Make notes about the type of research that is reported in the article. For example, is it qualitative research or quantitative research, or both? Is it a case study, a correlational study or an experiment?
  2. The participant in the Kandris and Moulds study was treated for depression using an imaginal exposure approach. Explain how the participant’s expectations may have influenced the results of the study. (Word limit: 100 words) (4 marks)
  3. The authors state that they lacked the means to control for ‘nonspecific treatment factors’ in their study. They are implying that the response to the treatment may be partly or wholly due to a factor unrelated to the imaginal exposure. Using supporting information from SDK228, describe an aspect of this study that may have affected depression and/or mood, other than the imaginal exposure. (Word limit: 100 words) (4 marks)
  4. Describe in detail whether the measures used in the study were objective, subjective or both, giving reasons for your answer. (Word limit: 200 words) (6 marks)
  5. There are several brain chemicals mentioned in SDK228 that may be implicated in depression and/or mood. Identify two of these chemicals and describe the evidence from SDK228 that supports the idea that they may be implicated in mood. Select one of these chemicals and explain how activity at the synapse would be expected to change in the context of an improvement in mood. (Word limit: 200 words) (8 marks)
  6. Make four comparisons between the BDI measures shown in Table 1 of the article and those shown in SDK228, Book 1, Figure 3.6(b), on the impact of exercise, including approximate data in your comparisons. For each study, you should consider the scores at each stage of treatment and the percentage changes from the initial scores. From the comparisons you have made, which intervention seems to be the most effective for depression? Why do you think this conclusion might not be justified? (Word limit: 300 words) (8 marks)
  7. The extract above discusses the value, or otherwise, of the diagnostic process for both research and the clinical setting. Write an essay entitled ‘The diagnostic process in mental health
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