Failure to Function Adequately

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Defintions of Abnormality- Failure to Function Adequately

  • By using practical criteria of adequate functioning, mentally healthy people are judged as being able to cope with daily life within acceptable limits.
  • As soon as an individual's behaviour starts to interfere with daily functioning, it may be considered as abnormal according to this criteria.


  • Cultural Relativism - Defintions of adequate functioning are also related to cultural ideas of how individual's should lead their life, meaning that the 'failure to function' principle is likely to result in different


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