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Definitions of Abnormality

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Statistical Infrequency

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Statistical Infrequency
1. Behaviours that are statistcially rare in the population

2. Statistically therefore normal behaviours are those that are common

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Deviation from Social Norms

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Deviation from Social Norms
1. anyone who deviates from society created social norms (explicit - laws or implicit unstated rules)

2. Some rules like laughing at a funeral are implicit
Others such as public disorder are explicit


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Failure to Function Adequately

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Failure to Function adequately
1. When a person is not able to cope with their day to day life

2. Rosenhan and Seligman - 7 categories - the more you possess the more abnormal you are

3. The WHODA - World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule - can also be used


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Rosenhan and Seligman 89

1. Personal Distress

2. Maladaptive Behaviour

3. Irrationality and incomprehensibility

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4. Unpredictability and loss of control

5. Unconvenmtional or rare behaviour

6. Observer discomfort

7. Violations of Social Norms

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Observer discomfort
unconventional

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Deviation from Ideal Mental Health

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Statistical Infrequency 
Strengths

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It can be appropriate
determining abnormality in terms of eating would offer valid results

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Statistical Infrequency
Behaviours are relatively easy to calculate

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Statistical Infrequency 
Weaknesses

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Desirability
Some behaviours are highly desirable such as IQ
Despite this individuals woud be labelled as abnormal as the yare rare. This is counter to the motivation to identifying abnormality

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Cut off
The cut off point fro separating normality from abnormality is subjective.

How defecient would your sleep need to be to be labelled as abnormal?


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Deviation from Social Norms
Strengths

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Can be useful
DSN can be used effectively to identify those that are having difficulty.

Someone who is lost could have Alzheimers

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Fluid
By definition norms change over time, as such what is considered abnormal may change over time. In the past homosexuality was considered a mental disorder but no longer is

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Deviation from Social Norms
Weaknesses

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Open to abuse
In some states anyone who disagress with the state is labelled as insane and is locked up, so there is the danger of the definition being used for social control

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Context and Time
The context must be taken into account - strange outfits at cricket ok, to class not so much.
Time can also be a weakness as definitions should not reflect particular times

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Failure to Function Adequately
Strengths

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Person focused
We view the disorder from the point of view of the person experiencing it.

so it has an element of sensitivity

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Practical
Using the WHODAS we are provided with a somewhat objective measure of an individuals ability to cope.

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Failure to Function Adequately
Weaknesses

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Who decides?
Who decides what is failing to function?

An individual may consider their behaviour perfectly functional and appropriate, wehereas other may think the opposite

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Functional
The behaviour may actually be functional for the individual involved.

Having some symptoms of depression may get attention and sympathy and this may be adaptive rather than maladaptive

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Deviation from Ideal Mental Health
Strengths

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Positive Approach
The only approach that focuses on the positives. 

See's mental health in the same why as physical health

If you meet the crietria you are healthy

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Inspired Positive Psychology
At the heart of the positive psychology movement

This is a newer approach in psychology that focuses on what is right with us rather than what is not

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Deviation from Ideal Menta Health
Weaknesses

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Criteria is unrealistic
Self actualisation is not achievable

As we need to meet all of the requirements, we are all abnormal

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Cultural Relativism
Biased towards western values as self actualisation n particular focuses attention on the individual not the collective.

Therefore collectivist cultures will have higher levels of abnormality

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Cultural Relativism
Behaviour can not be judged properly unless it is viewed in the context of the cultures in which it originates

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