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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 2AP3
Professor
Richard B Day
Semester
Fall

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September 10 , 2012 Psych 2AP3: Abnormal Psychology – Major Disorders Abnormal Psychology – Introduction What is abnormality - away from the norm - how do we decide what’s normal - abnormally positive and negative Criteria of Abnormality - statistical criterion:  extreme deviations from the statistical norm – medium, mean, norm  ex.: ADHD in DSM - sociocultural criterion:  extreme or important violations of social or cultural expectations - adjustment criterion:  danger to self or others - personal disturbance criterion:  symptoms cause significant concern for the individual Statistical Deviance - a criterion alone does not work well to diagnose - if you are higher or lower than a certain point on the statistical deviance curve - everything is arbitrary - where is the cutoff: anxiety, fear, depression - what about other negatives: stubbornness, laziness, greed - what about abnormal positives: happiness, generosity, kindness - there is some directionality Sociocultural criteria - cultural standards vary across time - what society considers acc
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