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Outline and evaluate attempts to define abnormality

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[outline and evaluate attempts to define abnormality] Abnormality can be hard to define and my opinion generally is very biased, as all 3 attempts of defining them are supported with good background. Deviation from social norms The main difficulty with the concept of deviation from social norms is that it varies as times change. What was socially acceptable 100 years ago may not be socially acceptable today e.g. being homosexual is acceptable in today?s society, whereas, in the past it wad frowned upon and was seen as a disorder more than a choice. ...read more.


If it is due to personal distress then it will be seen as unwanted behaviour, not failure to function. On the flip side it could just be the case that, the person is not coping, but it not aware themselves. This could make others feel uncomfortable and be distressful to others. People who have eating disorders or depression can attract more attention to themselves, especially if a person is transvestite. Transvestitism is amongst the list of mental disorders. Deviation from ideal mental health To have an ideal mental health, there is a list crated by Jahoda to refer to. ...read more.


Overall I would say that failure to function would be the closest, in my opinion, to defining abnormality, however the other two attempts still have good information to argue back. I would say failure to function because if someone is affected in their life by one thing or another they may get depressed. When this begins to set in more and more, it becomes obvious that it is messing with their daily routines, e.g. getting up in the morning and going to work etc. if they cannot cope with these simple tasks they may even admit themselves that their behaviour is abnormal and maybe they do need to seek treatment. ...read more.

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