Deviation from social norms
Behaviour that is seen as deviating from social norms, deviating from rules that direct a person's conduct is seen as undesirable by the majority of people.
Social norms are those set by a social group which are those standard and expectations of acceptable behaviour - they do change over time.
Context - wearing a bathing suit at the beach is seen as normal, whereas wearing a bathing suit into a shopping centre is seen as abnormal
Social norms chage over time so treatments to people in different situations change
We can compare how different people are because everyone is the same
Defined in terms of social, moral and attitudes of the time and maybe subject to abuse
Cannot offer a comcplete definition of abnormality
Failure to Function Adequately
Abnormal behaviour is judged in terms of being able to function adequately
Judged as being able to poerate within certain acceptable limits
Individuals who cannot look after themselves or who are perceived to be irrational or out of…