Textbook Notes (369,153)
Canada (162,424)
Psychology (3,337)
PSYC 3390 (102)
Chapter 1

Chapter 1.docx

3 Pages

Course Code
PSYC 3390
Mary Manson- Hennig

This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full 3 pages of the document.
Chapter 1: An Overview - family aggregation- whether a disorder runs in families What do we mean by Abnormal Behaviour? - we create a prototype of abnormality to access the degree to which a given person resembles it - double-blind study- both the participants and the experimenter were unaware of who had the magnets and who didn’t - magnets do not relieve chronic stress but believing that it will, will lead to improvement in the pain (the placebo effect works in this instant) - the more difficulty in these areas, the more likely they have a disorder o suffering  it is not a sufficient condition (all that is needed) nor a necessary condition (that all cases must show) for someone to be abnormal o Maladaptiveness  Interferes with our wellbeing and ability to enjoy relationships  Not necessary for someone to be abnormal o Deviancy  If something is statistically rare an undesirable it is more likely to be considered abnormal than something that is statistically rare and highly desirable o Violation of the standards of society  The magnitude of the violation and how commonly it is violated has to do with how abnormal we consider the behaviour o Social discomfort o Irrationality and unpredictability  The most important factor is whether the person can control his or her behaviour Why Do We Need To Classify Mental Disorders - classification systems provide us with a nomenclature ( a naming system) and enable us to structure information in a more helpful manner What are the Disadvantages of Classification? - we simplify through classification causing us to lose personal details about the person with the disorder - stigma – (disgrace) – attached to receiving a psychiatric diagnosis - stereotyping- automatic beliefs that people have about other people based on knowing one thing about them - labeling –being given a title of a diagnosed illness can cause a persons self- concept to be directly affected - symptom: single indicator of a problem - Syndrome: cluster of symptoms that occur together and is the name of the syndrome - the DSM is the gold standard of defining mental disorders - the DSM definition of mental disorders: o a clinically significant
More Less
Unlock Document

Only page 1 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.