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Psychology 2030A/B
David Vollick

Chapter 1abnormal behaviour in historical context NORMAL BEHAVIOUR y Whats psychologically normal o Look at the majorityo Function autonomouslyo Perceive realityo Regulated moodso Relate nonviolentlyo Not severely stressed MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ABNORMAL BEHAVIOUR y Bizarre different in kind former patients are unstable and dangerous ashamed ones susceptibility vulnerability weak in character mental illness is a hopeless situation TOWARD A DEFINITON OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOUR y Psychological dysfunction o Breakdown in cognitive emotional or behavioural functioningy Distress or impairment o Difficulty performing appropriate and expected roles o Impairment is set in the context of a persons backgroundy Atypical or unexpected cultural response o Reaction is outside cultural norms ABNORMAL BEHAVIOUR DEFINED y Psychological disorders and psychological abnormality are used interchangeablyy Mental illness is a less preferred termy Psychopathology is the scientific study if psychological disorders THE DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL DSMIV y Widely accepted system for classifying psychological problems and disordersy DSM contains diagnostic criteria for behaviours that o Fit a pattern o Cause dysfunction or subjective distresso Are present for a specified durationo And for behaviours that are not otherwise explainable APPROACHES TO THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY O
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