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Question: Dr Padawi wishes to explain to a group of hospital volunteers how psychiatrists try to make decisions about abnormality. Dr Padawi decided to start by explaining how abnormality is defined.

Describe and evaluate two definitions of abnormality. In your answer you must refer to how Dr Padawi might explain definitions of abnormality to the volunteers.
Mark: 92% (A)

Answer: Dr Padawi would explain the first definition of abnormaility as deviation from social norms. Social norms are guidelines for appropriate or acceptable behavior. A person who breaks social norms and violates people’s sense of right and wrong will be considered abnormal. Abnormality consists of behavior that is different from what is normally acceptable in society and can make people feel uneasy when they see the behavior. Abnormality is when behavior is bizarre or out of the ordinary, it is not traditional social behavior. It has to be clear to everyone what the social norms are, so that abnormal behavior is seen as such by everyone in that society. What is considered as breaking social norms is defined by the society one is in, and so it is culture dependent and can vary over time. If the patient comes from a different culture than the doctor s/he may not recognize normal behavior as n...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: Psychology
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 92%
  • Words: 1156
  • Date submitted: February 07, 2016
  • Date written: June, 2012
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7114

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