NOTES_Lec 1 (Ch 1 Abnormal Behavior)

NOTES_Lec 1 (Ch 1 Abnormal Behavior) - Abnormal Psychology...

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Abnormal Psychology Chapter 1
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Defining Abnormal Behavior 1. Deviation from cultural/societal norms 2. Statistical deviance/unusualness 3. Personal discomfort 4. Mental illness/disease 5. Maladaptiveness
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Deviation from Cultural/Societal Norms No universal standards for “abnormal” behavior Bereavement practices Gender roles Problem :   Drapetomania
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Statistical Deviance (Unusualness) The frequency of occurrence of a behavior __________________ Problem :   some rare behaviors are desirable; determining cutoff for “rare” Eccentric behavior
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Statistical Deviation
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Personal Discomfort Individual suffers discomfort because of behavior Wants to be rid of behavior Problem ______________________________ Antisocial behavior
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Mental Disease Abnormality results from mental disease/illness Individual “has” an illness Problem :   no biological test to diagnose abnormality Complex biological & psychosocial factors Individual presentation
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Maladaptiveness Behaviors/feelings that are maladaptive cause distress and impair functioning in daily life ___________ ___________ ___________ DSM-IV-TR Definition
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Psychology Aims to… Describe: Explain: Why is it happening? Environment? Biological factors?
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NOTES_Lec 1 (Ch 1 Abnormal Behavior) - Abnormal Psychology...

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