Using First-Person Accounts to Teach Students about Psychological Disorders
Undergraduate students in abnormal psychology read autobiographical writings supplementing a textbook to help them appreciate the subjective experience of psychological difficulties and see actual examples of symptoms. Forty-one students responded to questions about the perceived quality of their learning from both the autobiographies and the textbook. Students reported that first-person accounts were more helpful than the textbook in increasing their appreciation of what it would be like to have a particular disorder and feel empathy for someone with a disorder.
Teaching of Psychology
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Banyard, V.L. Using first-person accounts to teach students about psychological disorders. (2000) Teaching of Psychology, 27 (1), pp. 40-43.