Definitions of Abnormality

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1. Who pointed out that we define physical illness by looking for absense of signs of ideal physical health and then divised a list which allows us to do the same with mental health?

  • Denise Jahoda
  • Marie Jahoda
  • Nicola Jahoda
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2. What is a criticism of the definition of abnormality: failure to function adequately?

  • In order to determine if someone is functioning inadequately someone else needs to decide if this actually the case, often individuals are quite content with their situation
  • deviance is related to context and degree, there is often not a clear line between deviance and eccentricity
  • It is difficult to achieve all the criteria set by Jahoda, it is nessesary to acertain how many need to be lacking before a person is considered abnormal

3. What is a criticism of the definition of abnormality: deviation from ideal mental health?

  • It is difficult to achieve all the criteria set by Jahoda, it is nessesary to acertain how many need to be lacking before a person is considered abnormal
  • In order to determine if someone is functioning inadequately someone else needs to decide if this actually the case, often individuals are quite content with their situation
  • deviance is related to context and degree, there is often not a clear line between deviance and eccentricity

4. In Jahoda's six categories of ideal mental health, what did she mean by: autonomy

  • Being independent and self-regulating
  • The extent to which an individual develops their full capabilities
  • The ability to love, function at work and in interpersonal relations, adjust to new situations and solve problems

5. Having an accute perseption of reality is one of Jahoda's six categories of ideal mental health, true or false?

  • true
  • false
  • unsure

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