Deviation From Social Norms

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  • Deviation From Social Norms
    • AO1
      • Any behaviour that does not follow accepted social patterns or social rules.
        • If these rules are broken, it can be regarded as abnormal behaviour and would be classed as unaccepable
          • Wearing no clothes in public can be an example
          • Norms, values and accepted ways to behave vary from one culture to the next
            • Also from one time period to the next
        • Norms, values and accepted ways to behave vary from one culture to the next
          • Also from one time period to the next
    • AO2
      • Disadvantages
        • It does not always clearly indicate that a person has a psychological abnormality.
          • Psychologists must be cautious when making judgements about whether deviation from social norms implies that someone is abnormal or just odd/eccentric
            • Streakers are odd and their behaviour does deviate from social norms, this doesn't make them mentally disturbed
              • Especially when you're just judging their behaviour alone
        • Context needs to be taken into account
          • Wearing no clothes in highstreet is odd
          • Wearing no clothes in a nude beach is normal
      • Advantages
        • People may have chosen a non-conformist lifestyle.
          • They may want to be more individual and more unique

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