Chapter 1 - Introduction (Chapter 1) Criteria of abnormal...

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Introduction (Chapter 1) Criteria of abnormal behavior 1) Maladaptive: behavior that is atypical and harmful Contingent on one’s environment 2) Developmental norms: standards from which we evaluate the possibility that “something is wrong” Developmental delay Extremely high or low frequency of behavior Behavior inappropriate to situation (context matters) 3) Culture/ethnicity: large amount of variance among cultures in terms of what is considered normal/abnormal among youth 4) Gender norms 5) Situational norms Behavior inappropriate to situation (context matters) 6) The role of others 7) Nature of the social climate How common are psych d/os? Epidemiology = study of the distribution of mental/physical disorders in a population Prevalence = total percentage of a population that exhibits a disorder during a specified time period What are the most common d/os? Substance use, anxiety, mood disorders What are prevalence rates among children/adolescents (ages 4-18)? 5%? 10%? 15%? 20%? 35%? Different studies provide different results…why?
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Results suggest incidence is increasing? Why? Developmental level and psych d/os Certain disorders are more likely to occur or be identified at specific developmental periods Autism: early childhood
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2011 for the course PSYC 4620 taught by Professor Heffel during the Spring '11 term at North Texas.

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