Definitions of Abnormality

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  • Definitions of Abnormality
    • Definition 2: Deviation from Social Norms
      • Behaviour is abnormal if it deviates from what is acceptable within society.
      • Society generally has rules as to what is acceptable.
    • Definition 3: Failure to Function Adequately
      • Can be assessed on the GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning Scale) from 1-100.
      • Abnormal behaviours prevent people being able to cope with demands of everyday life.
    • Definition 1: Statistical Infrequency
      • Abnormal people are from 2 standard deviations away from the mean - 2.145%
      • Abnormality is very rare.
    • Definition 4: Deviation from Ideal Mental Health
      • Abnormalities do not meet the ideal mental health criteria.
    • Jahoda 1958: Ideal Mental Health
      • The ability to have a level of independence
      • The ability to resist stress.
      • To have an accurate perception of reality.
      • The ability to achieve one's potential.
      • The ability to adapt to different environments.
      • A positive attitude about yourself.


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