Definitions Of Abnormality

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  • Created on: 15-04-13 16:19

One of the most difficult tasks within abnormality is to actually define abnormality. As a result, the definition remains more of a judgement, and abnormality is usually defined by the presence of several of the following characteristics, rather than one alone. The first characteristic is the deviation from social norms. This refers to behaviour which is considered anti-social or undesirable by the majority. In any society there are social norms – standards of acceptable behaviour that are set by the social group. Social standards are not restricted to rules of etiquette but also to more serious moral issues such as what is acceptable in sexual behaviour. Our culture permits sex between two consenting adults of any gender, but regards some sexual behaviour as socially deviant, such as paedophilia


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