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Evaluation of the Biological Approach
No Blame ­ A diagnosis for mental illness implies the person is not to blame for their illness, which is
more likely to elicit a sympathetic response rather than a punishment
Stigma ­ However (Szasz 1972) mental illnesses are something people fear because they do not
understand them and therefore do not know how to respond to someone with a mental illness
Relinquishing Responsibility ­ Patients are encouraged to become passive
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Conformity
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The Process of yielding to majority influence and can be defined as a change in behaviour
or
belief as a result of real or imagined group pressure"
Types of Conformity:
> Compliance ­ (Public, Not Private) Publically conforming, privately
maintaining own views
> Identification ­ (Public & Private ­ Value) Adopting views of group publically
& privately because you value membership ­ may only be temporary and not
maintained if they leave the group
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Rahe et al. Developed the Social Readjustment Rating Scale
2500 seamen took SRRS before duty and indicated events they'd experienced 6 months
prior: higher LCU scores led to higher illness over the next 7 months.
400 people cannot decide how the world perceives life events (lacks external validity).
Differences between 1960s and now.
Restrospective studies, rely on perfect recall.
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