Defining Abnormality

A mind map briefly addressing the 3 definitions of abnormality

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  • Created by: Rachael
  • Created on: 11-12-12 20:41
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  • Defining Abnormality
    • DEVIATION FROM SOCIAL NORMS
    • FAILURE TO FUNCTION ADEQUATELY
    • DEVIATION FROM IDEAL MENTAL HEALTH
  • Breaking social norms ('unwritten rules' creatted by society) may be considered abnormal
  • People who engage in maladaptive behaviours e.g. Anorexia Nervosa
    • Limitations
      • 1)Subjective Judgement
      • 2)Some behaviours although unaccptable, may not  be abnormal e.g. 'happy' murderer
      • 3) Adequacy varies within cultures.
  • Jahoda: 1)Positive view of self 2)Actualisation 3)Autonomy 4)Accurate view of reality 5)Environment Adaptability 6)Resistance to stress
    • Limitations
      • 1) Very few people satisfy all criteria
      • 2)Criteria open to interpretation
      • 3)What is 'ideal' in one culture may not be considered ideal in another

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