is defined as "deviating from what is normal or usual".
Normal=conforming to a standard of some sort
abnormalit is relative to time place context and socially defined.
failure to function adequately
a model of abnormality based on the incapablilty to cope with day to day life caused by psychological distress or discomfort.
abnormal=behaviour that is statistically uncommon
strenghts=used to diagnose retardation / less effected by value judgement
weaknesses= doesn't distinguish between desirable/ undesirable behaviour
rare behvaiour isn't always abnormal
gender biased=what should be the cut off point
deviation from the social norm
this is behaviour that does not follow socially accepted patterns. these unwritten rules are culturally and time relative.
people who break the norms may be labelled as abnormal.
strengths: can explain why a personn may find someone else behaviour as abnormal.
indicates what is desirable and what is undesirable.
weaknesses= vary over time/ does not confomring to social norms mean you are abnormal.