Abnormal Psych, wk 1
Abnormal Psych, wk 1 Psych 385
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Date Created: 04/18/16
What is abnormal? Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5:40 AM I. How do we know something is abnormal? a. How it follows up to a standard b. Something that impairs functioning c. Lack of common sense, reasoning d. Social norms a. Abnormality as violations of cultural norms a. Problem of context i. Belt buckle difference from Kansas to Athens, GA b Problem of cultural relativism i. Thailand v US kids in school-- misbehavior v diagnosis of ADHD b Potential for oppression i. Disorders for slaves that show resistance--made a disorder so the slave would not be as influenced to run away b Abnormal as Statistical Rarity a Any substance deviation from a statistically calculated average is abnormal i. Last names with vowels are less common -How reliable and accurate is measurement? Proportion and frequency I IQ average - 100 is most average and the further away, the more statistically rare I Problem of desirability - rarity occurs on both ends; approach people differently at one end than the other 1. Abnormality as Psychopathology a. Medical Model of Illness 1. Identify a syndrome of symptoms (physical, behavioral, psychological.. Can be clumped together to find cause and treatment) 2. Search for a cause or etiology of symptoms 3. Develop methods of prevention and treatment a. General Paresis 2 Problem of determinism a. "disorder" v "illness" 2 Abnormality as Maladaptation a Four Criteria 1 Distress 2 Impairment 3 Risk to sell or others 4 Socially or culturally unacceptable behavior a. Violated norms so they come to our attention b. Ex: shootings recently - showed behavior that violated norms but had not broken through yet to cause disruption c. Ex: bluetooth lady talking on the phone in Kroger - thought it strange until he saw that she was not talking to herself.
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