Compare and contrast statistical and social norms definition of abnormality.


Statistical definition

  • objective as scientific
  • uses standard deviation
  • is a normal distribution curve
  • there is a definite cut off point which is good as treatment can be given
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Social norms definition

  • subjective as it is opinions of what society thinks as normal
  • isn't scientific
  • behaviours that are not normal in society are obvious so are abnormal
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Comparing both

  • both use the majority of the population to see what is normal
  • both are wanting to diagnose abnormalities so they can be treated
  • both can lead to labelling and social discrimination
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