Revision cards for Individual Differences : Psychotherapy (abnormality)


Definitions of Abnormality

Deviation from social norms -

*Standards of acceptable behaviour are set by a social group ( ie, social norms)

*Anything that deviates or is different from acceptable behaviour is considered 'abnormal'

*What is acceptable may change over time.

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*Suseptable to abuse

* Deviance is hard to identify - is related to context and degree, there is not a clear line between what is an abnormal deviation and what is harmless eccentricity (e.g what a person might wear.)

*Cultural relativism - what is considered normal in some cultures isn't in others.

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Failure to function adequately

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