Abnormality Approaches

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Abnormality Revision
Jahoda's 6 conditions for having ideal mental health:
Positive self attitude
Self actualisation (realising potential)
Resistance to stress
Personal autonomy (making own decisions)
Accurate perception to reality
Adaptive to environment
Social Norm: something which is seen to be normal within a group.
Deviation from social Failure to function Deviation from ideal
norms adequately mental health
Behaviour which is Behaviour is Behaviour which is
abnormal if it isn't abnormal if it seen as not being
considered stops us from that of a healthy
acceptable by getting on with our person
most people everyday lives - very few of us
- depends on the Various criteria actually achieve
context include: the 6 conditions
- social norms vary Dysfunctional Jahoda set out
from different behaviour ­ goes
culture against the
- social norms standards of
change over time normal behaviour
discomfort ­
causes observers
to become
behaviour ­ seems
to be
behaviour ­
Personal distress ­
being affected by
emotions from
that behaviour

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