Defining Abnormality: Limitations of Failure to Function Adequately

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  • Created on: 17-05-15 17:22
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  • Failure To Function Adequately
    • Who judges?
      • The patient himself may determine that their behaviour is undesirable
      • The patient may be unaware of or content with their behaviour - others judge the behaviour
    • Adaptive or maladaptive?
      • Some dysfunctional behaviour may be functional for the individual
    • Cultural relativism
      • Adequate functioning is related to cultural ideas of how to live your life
      • Different diagnoses when applied to people from different cultures


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