Definitions of Abnormality

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1. In Jahoda's six categories of ideal mental health, what did she mean by: personal growth and self-actualisation?

  • The extent to which an individual develops their full capabilities
  • Being able to cope in stressful situations
  • The ability to love, function at work and in interpersonal relations, adjust to new situations and solve problems
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2. What is a criticism of the definition of abnormality: deviation from ideal mental health?

  • 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
  • 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

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

  • true
  • false
  • unsure

4. In Jahoda's six categories of ideal mental health, what did she mean by: mastery of the environment?

  • Being able to cope in stressful situations
  • The ability to love, function at work and in interpersonal relations, adjust to new situations and solve problems
  • Being independent and self-regulating

5. In Jahoda's six categories of ideal mental health, what did she mean by: self attitudes

  • Having high self esteem and a strong sense of identity
  • The extent to which an individual develops their full capabilities
  • Being able to cope in stressful situations

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