FAP5_Lecture_Ch01 - Chapter1 AbnormalPsychology:PastandPresent Comer,,5eChapter1 Slides&,Ph.D 1 AbnormalPsychology PastandPresent Workersmaybe

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Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Abnormal Psychology: Past and Present Abnormal Psychology: Past and Present
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2 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 Abnormal Psychology:  Abnormal Psychology:  Past and Present Past and Present What is abnormal psychology? Workers may be: Clinical scientists  Clinical practitioners 
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3 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 What Is Psychological  What Is Psychological  Abnormality? Abnormality? Although many definitions have been proposed, none  is universally accepted Most definitions share some common features… “The Four Ds”
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4 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 Deviance Deviance From what? From behaviors, thoughts, and emotions considered normal  in a specific place and time and by specific people From social norms  Stated and unstated rules for proper conduct in a given society or  culture Examples? Judgments of deviance also depend on specific  circumstances (i.e., social context, cultural norms)
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5 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 Distress Distress According to many clinical guidelines,  behavior must be personally distressing before  it can be labeled abnormal Not always the case
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6 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 Dysfunction Dysfunction Abnormal behavior tends to be dysfunctional –  it interferes with daily functioning Cultural influenc? Dysfunction alone does not necessarily  indicate psychological abnormality
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7 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 Danger  Danger  Abnormal behavior may become dangerous to  oneself or others Behavior may be careless, hostile, or confused Although cited as a feature of psychological  abnormality, being dangerous is the exception  rather than the rule
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8 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 The Elusive Nature of  The Elusive Nature of  Abnormality Abnormality Ultimately, a society selects the general  criteria for defining abnormality and then uses  those criteria to judge particular cases Szasz argues that, because of the influence of  society, the whole concept of mental illness is  invalid Deviations called “abnormal” are only “problems of  living” Societies use the concept of mental illness to control  those who threaten social order
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9 Comer,  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 1 The Elusive Nature of  The Elusive Nature of  Abnormality Abnormality Even if we agree with the concept of 
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