Much of the research in abnormal psychology is guided by various underlying theoretical perspectives. A theoretical perspective is a particular orientation or view to understanding causes of abnormal behavior and the associated treatment. Clinicians utilize particular treatment methods based on which theoretical perspective they deem to be the most beneficial for the client. Each theoretical perspective has a unique view on explaining how abnormal behavior develops and what is necessary to minimize or eliminate the unhealthy behavior.
Compare and contrast the Psychodynamic perspective to the various perspectives including biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, sociocultural and biopsychosocial in explaining the causes of psychological problems. Include each theorist associated with the development of the perspective and include a minimum of three key terms associated with each theory. Does current research deem any one perspective more successful than the others? Is the outcome of psychotherapy more successful when clinicians utilize a combination of perspectives, an eclectic approach, or is it more beneficial to specialize in one main modality?
Include information from three peer reviewed articles regarding current research on the outcomes of various perspectives and cite your sources using APA format. Word count must be a minimum of 750 words (not including the Cover page and Reference page).