Evaluation of abnormality definitions

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  • Created on: 03-06-13 22:03

EVALUATION OF DEVIATION FROM SOCIAL NORMS:) - It takes into account desirability for behaviour:( - subjective; the norms are subjective, they change and we don't all know them. Normally the socially alete decide the norms (upperclass):( - changes over time - Norms change over time decided by society for example women wearing trousers:( - Human rights abuse - The term mental illness can be used as social control. For example in Tudor times women were locked up for getting pregnant before marriage. It may seen as a way of controlling people who are different:( - Value of breaking social norms - Sometimes it is beneficial to not follow social norms. For example civil rights otherwise society would not have changed for the better:( - 'conforming' neurotics - Sometimes it is abnormal when people conform to absolutely everything:( - Cultural differences - Norms vary across cultures:( - Ethnocentric bias in diagnostics - With our ideas of mental illness' they generally come from Western society. Therefore, people from other countries are more likely to be diagnosed as mentally ill. Cochrane done a study and founf Afro-Carribean men were more likely to be classed as schizophrenicEVALUATION OF FAILURE TO FUNCTION ADEQUATELY:( - abnormality isn't always accompanied by dysfunction - Doesn't always include everyone, some people are able to function normally, for example…


Izzy Mason


Very good but needs more positive to balance it out but still really useful :)

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