Defining Abnormality: Limitations of Deviation From Social Norms

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  • Created on: 17-05-15 17:13
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  • Deviation From Social Norms
    • Susceptible to abuse
      • It varies as times change
      • Definitions are based on prevailing social attitudes
      • Szasz: mental illness was a way to exclude nonconformists
    • Related to context and degree
      • Judgements are often related to the context of behaviour
      • There is no clear line between what is deviation and what is eccentricity
      • Social deviance alone cannot define abnormality
    • Cultural relativism
      • Disorders are defined in different ways in different cultures
      • No universal standards for labelling a behaviour as abnormal


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