Unformatted text preview: When attempting to assess whether behavior is abnormal the behavior will be examined using “the four D’s”. Deviance, distress, dysfunction, and danger comprise the four D’s commonly used in assessment. The first of the D’s is deviance. When we assess behavior to determine if the behavior is deviant in nature we essentially are examining behavior which differs from what it said to be normal. Other cultures will have other standards for what is there acceptable or normal behavior. When assessing deviance we must be caution and make sure to identify any circumstances preceding the onset of the behavior. For example: In society today taking human life is undoubtedly to be viewed as deviant behavior. Should circumstances surrounding an individual who token another life reveal this behavior was the result of self-defense we may change our opinion of the level of deviance in regard to this behavior. In contrast the behavior of a serial killer would generally be seen as very deviant due to the fact that the serial killers’ taking of life is obviously not behavior resulting...
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2012 for the course PSY/270 PSY/270 taught by Professor Axiacollege during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '09