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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Chapter 1 Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context
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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context ANNOUNCEMENTS ****** You don’t need to memorize names or dates from chapter 1, other than those I point out today in lecture. ******
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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Please turn to the person next to you and come up with one example of someone is clearly ABNORMAL. Also be prepared to state WHY you think this person is abnormal!
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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Myths and Misconceptions About Abnormal Behavior No Single Definition of Psychological Abnormality No Single Definition of Psychological Normality Many Myths Are Associated With Mental Illness Lazy, crazy, dumb Weak in character Dangerous to self or others Mental illness is a hopeless situation
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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Approaches to Defining Abnormal Behavior Does Infrequency Define Abnormality? In research, psychologists use statistics to determine what behaviors are in the normal range, and which are outside that range. Normal curve: approximately 70% of all people will score within one s.d. of the mean; Another 29% will score within two s.d.s of the mean.
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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Approaches to Defining Abnormal Behavior Does Infrequency Define Abnormality? Just 1% will score two or more s.d.s away from the mean. So a score that is two s.d.s above or below the mean is clearly abnormal, from a statistical point of view. Only 1/100 people will have this particular score.
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Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 4th Edition, David H. Barlow Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Approaches to Defining Abnormal Behavior Does Suffering Define Abnormality? If someone has an unusual lifestyle but is not suffering - we would not ‘go after’ that individual for treatment. Who do you know who lives a strange life, but is not distressed about it? Example: someone I know ‘jumps trains’ and lives a nomadic life, sometimes ‘dumpster diving’ to obtain food and clothing.
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Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Approaches to Defining Abnormal Behavior Does Strangeness Define Abnormality? Someone who breaks social norms is considered
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