Introduction and Definition of Abnormality

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Psychology (Psych 127) Fall Quarter, 2008 TT 12:30-1:45, Franz Hall 1178 Andrew Christensen, Ph.D. Nicole Starace, M.A. Katie Williams, M.A.
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Myths About Mental Illness Myth #1 : it usually leads to violence Myth #2 : it is usually caused by sexual conflicts Myth #3 : it is always caused by traumatic experience Myth #4 : people with mental illness are very different from those without it
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Continuity Normal Mild Moderate Severe
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Roper Poll; N = 5,947 Percentage that said they had: Seen a ghost 11 Felt they were flying through air 10 Seen unusual light or balls of light without knowing what caused them or where they came from 8 Seen an evil figure 15 Felt they had left their body 14 Seen a UFO 7
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Discontinuity Normal Mild Moderate Severe
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Is Mental Illness Best Described By Categories? You either are or you are not The discontinuity model By Dimensions? You are more or less of something The continuity model Some of each? Importance of labeling
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Defining Abnormality Sociological approach Anthropological approach Legal approach Religious/Philosophical approach- melancholia- depressed manic- too happy Psychological/psychiatric approach
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