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The case of andrea yates

The Case of Andrea Yates

Review a case from the biopsychosocial perspective


Psychology s three main levels of analysis

Psychology’s Three Main Levels of Analysis


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • On June 20, 2001, after her husband had left for work, Andrea Yates, a Houston mother, drowned her five children in the family bathtub. She told police that she drowned the children to save them from burning in hell. A jury rejected her insanity defense, and she was sentenced to serve life at a psychiatric prison.

    • In January 2005, a Texas Appeals Court overturned her conviction because a psychiatrist for the prosecution had falsely testified that he had consulted for a Law and Order episode. The Appeals Court stated that the false testimony may have contributed to the jury’s rejection of Yates’ insanity defense.


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • Retried in the summer of 2006, Yates again entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. On July 26, the second jury acquitted her by reason of insanity. Yates was sent to a hospital, not prison.

    • Under Texas law, she will be under the jurisdiction of District Judge Belinda Hill, who oversaw both trials, for the rest of her life. Yates could be released only if Hill finds that she is mentally competent and no longer a danger to herself or others.


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • What do you believe to be the causes of Andrea Yates’ murder of her children?


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • Do you believe the cause is in her mental disorder or illness that may have a biological basis?

  • Neuroscience and behavior genetics perspectives


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • Do you believe the cause is from her private mental functioning?

  • Cognitive perspective


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • Do you believe the cause is in her social environment?

  • Behavioral and social-cultural perspectives


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The Case of Andrea Yates

  • Conclusions?


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Psychology’s Three Main Levels of Analysis


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