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What%20is%20Abnormal - AbnormalPsychology WHATISABNORMAL...

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WHAT IS ABNORMAL?  & RESEARCH METHODS Abnormal Psychology
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Normal or Abnormal? Being anxious before a job interview Being anxious before going to bed Feeling sad when someone has died Feeling sad for five years after someone has died Cutting back on fatty foods Eating <750 calories per day A man kissing a child A woman barking like a dog
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Psychological Disorder Psychological disorders are   abnormal behavior   patterns that involve a disturbance of psychological  functioning or behavior BUT what is abnormal behavior?
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Criteria for Determining Abnormal Behavior Unusualness Not typical or occurs infrequently Social Deviance Not culturally expected or violate social norms Faulty Interpretations of Reality Breakdown in cognitive processing (e.g. delusions, hallucinations) Personal Distress/Impairment Significant emotional distress and impairment in functioning  Maladaptive or Self-defeating behavior Behavior that leads to unhappiness or limits ability to function or adapt Dangerousness Behavior that is dangerous to oneself or others
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Criteria for Determining Abnormality Why is each aspect important to this definition of  abnormal behavior? Why would it be insufficient to consider just one  aspect? Why shouldn’t just view rare behaviors as abnormal? Why consider culture?
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Why Consider Culture? Cultures vary on what constitutes abnormality Hallucinations in native American religious practice Speaking in tongues ADHD, DID in US vs. Europe Skirts and kilts Views of abnormality WITHIN a culture can change over  time Hysteria Homosexuality Divorce
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Determining Abnormality Tom is uncomfortable riding escalators. As a result, Tom  avoids using any escalator. What would you want to know about the case to evaluate whether this  behavior is normal or abnormal?
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