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Definitions of Abnormality
Deviation from Social Norms:

Set of rules for behaviour based on a set of moral standards; can be explicit
(breaking the law) or implicit (unwritten rules agreed by society)


Incomprehensible to others
Make others feel threatened or uncomfortable


"Over inclusive" ­ Everyone deviates sometimes

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Deviation from Ideal Mental Health:

There are certain characteristics that are required to be `mentally healthy'
Any behaviour that deviates from these characteristics = abnormal

Conditions associated with good mental health:

Positive self attitude/view of self
Capability for growth & development (realise self-potential)
Positive friendships & relationships
Can meet demands…

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Abnormality ­ Definition Biased:


Biological or hormonal differences and the different way men and women are
brought up = gender differences in frequencies of disorders
Gender stereotype can lead people to believe that women are more moodier and
men are more violent & anti-social ­ Could lead to Doctors…


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