Psychopathology Revision - Deviation from Social Norms

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  • Deviation from Social Norms
    • Strengths
      • Real life application in the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.
    • Any behaviour which is different to the accepted standards in any given society.
      • These norms are implicit (unwritten rules, passed on through social interaction).
        • Explicit Social Rules:
          • Causing public disorder, spitting
        • Implicit Social Norms:
          • Laughing at a funeral, being polite
    • Limitations
      • Historical and cultural relativism.
      • Can lead to human rights abuses.


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