Students’ knowledge of abnormal psychology

Furnham, Adrian, Baluch, Bahman ORCID logoORCID: and Starr, Fiona (2003) Students’ knowledge of abnormal psychology. Counselling psychology quarterley, 16 (4) . pp. 331-336. ISSN 0951–5070 [Article] (doi:10.1080/09515070310001638128)


The present study aims to compare whether final year psychology students(n ¼26) could answer more items on a multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) correctly on abnormal psychology than prospective psychology candidates (n ¼77) and final year engineering students (n ¼26). The three groups of students completed MCQs in five different fields of abnormal psychology namely; eating disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and depression, sexual disorders, and personality and compulsive disorders, respectively. They were also asked to indicate their confidence level in relation to the accuracy of the answers they had given. The results showed that final year psychology students scored higher on levels of accuracy, as well as confidence on all measures compared to the two other groups. On the subject of sexual disorders, engineering students scored higher than prospective psychology students. Implications of the present findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Language, Learning and Cognition group
Item ID: 7654
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Depositing User: Bahman Baluch
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 12:37
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:32

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