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Describe and evaluate at least two definitions of abnormality (12 marks)

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Point 1: Failure to function adequately
Occurs when someone is unable to cope with ordinary demands of day to day living
Caused by psychological distress or discomfort which may lead to harm of self or
others
Rosenhan and…

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A02 Evaluation

Point 1 Patients perspective
Attempts to include the subjective experience of the individual
Although their view may be subjective, it at least acknowledges that the patients
experience is important
This suggests that failure to function adequately is a useful criterion for assessing
abnormality

Point 2 Subjective judgements

Deciding…

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