Abnormality - Failure to Function Adequately

revision notes of FFA.

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  • FFA
    • Evaluation
      • FFA may not be linked to psychological disorder
        • inability to cope with the demand of everyday life is the cause rather than the outcome of a psychological disorder
          • Example: supporting family, and job loss may be due to economic situation
      • behaviour that appears dysfunctional may be adaptive for the individual
        • Example: psychological disorders such as eating disorders and anorexia may lead to welcome added attention for the individual
      • who decides what is adequate
        • it is tempting to say if someone wears dirty clothes, gives up their home they are not functioning adequately they may be exercising their right to live outside mainstream society as a new age traveller
          • find themselves happier and live a more fulfilled live than when they lived 'normally'
    • Definition
  • people who cannot cope with the demand of everyday life
    • Definition
    • example of this would be severe depression
    • Abnormal behaviour interferes with the demand of everyday life
    • Rosenhan and Seligman suggested that characteristics of abnormal behaviour related to this would be unpredictability and personal distress
  • Abnormal behaviour interferes with the demand of everyday life

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