Diagnosing Dysfunctional Behaviour - Evaluation 2
Deviation from Social norms - Limitations:
- This definition means if a particular society does not approve of a behaviour then it is dysfunctional.
- However, again this will make some behaviour dysfunctional in some cultures and not others.
- E.g. It is perfectly normal to wear trousers in our society, but this behaviour is completely unacceptable in other cultures.
- There is a sense of ‘rightness’ – society is right and everyone else is wrong. If this was the case then societies would not be changed by forward-thinking people.
Failure to function adequately - Limitations:
- The context of the behaviour influences the view of it. E.g. Everyone probably talks to themselves at times.
- Or a person who has been involved in a house fire may obsessively check appliances before leaving the house.
- Therefore it is a subjective view of abnormality, and not the objective definition that it is aimed to be.
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