Abnormality

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Definitions of Abnormality  1. deivation from social norms:

  • every society has commonly accepted unwritten rules of behaviour such as queuing 
  • behaviour that deviates from these social norms can be seen as evidence of abnormality

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    • subjective- norms are not real, they're based on the opinions of elites rather than the majority. These are then used to control those perserved as a threat to social order. | true definition would be objective and free from subjective factors 
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    • changes over time- The norms defined by society often relate to moral standards that vary over time as social attitudes change- Homosexuality was only removed from the ICD classificatiion in 1990
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    • individualism- Those who do not conform to social norms may not be abnormal but merely individualistic or

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