Abnormal Psychology - Behaviour That Is Not Socially Acceptable

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Lecture 1 What is Abnormal Psychology? Students’ Definitions and Examples of Abnormal Psychology Behaviour that is not socially acceptable Science of learning how biological changes affect personality & behaviour Prolonged or repeated psychological state that is harmful to the individual or others Person with an illness, on medication, deviates from the norm Study of illnesses, mental disorders that the DSM-IV does not recognize as normal Myths and Misconceptions No single definition of psychological abnormality No single definition of psychological normality Many myths are associated with mental illness {text:list-item} {text:list-item} {text:list-item} …show more content…
{text:list-item} {text:list-item} Historical Conceptions of Abnormal Behaviour Three dominant traditions include: Supernatural Biological Psychological Supernatural Tradition: Deviant Behaviour: {text:list-item} {text:list-item} {text:list-item} Few believed that abnormality was an illness on par with physical disease Throughout the 18th century: Shrines devoted to loving care of the mentally ill were established {text:list-item} This time also saw a rise of asylums {text:list-item} The intention was good care, but with overcrowding came “warehousing” of patients As 1800 approached, asylums were reformed into places of care and rise of moral therapy {text:list-item} Advocates of moral treatment: {text:list-item} {text:list-item} {text:list-item} {text:list-item} {text:list-item} {text:list-item} The somatogenic perspective: {text:list-item} The psychogenic perspective: {text:list-item} Mental Illness = Physical Illness Two factors responsible for reemergence: {text:list-item} {text:list-item} This approach, while creating optimism, lead to few positive results until the 1950s Consequences of the Biological Tradition The 1930’s: Biological treatments were standard practice {text:list-item}

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