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What is subjective sense of distress?

-experienced as uncomfortable
-may not always be present

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What is impairment in functioning?

-social role functioning
-chosen role, whatever that may be
-may not always be present

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When does behavior become outside of some "acceptable" boundary set by one's culture?

-deviance from norm or more

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What are the properties of abnormal behavior?

-subjective sense of distress
-impairment in functioning
-behavior becomes outside some "acceptable" boundary

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Is the concept of defining abnormal behavior as culturally defined important?

yes it is important to define abnormal behavior as culturally defined

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zeitgeist (spirit of the times)

implies current cultural climate

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Why does zeitgeist matter?

-implies that nothing is static regarding definitions of abnormal behavior

-critical in defining abnormal vs normal

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models of abnormal behavior

continuity vs discontinuity models
(quantity vs quality model)

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quality (discontinuity) model

you either have it or you don't
(this or that)

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quantity (continuity) model

based on numbers or average

-abnormal behavior separate from normal by some measurable amount

-abnormal behavior deviates to some degree from a population mean

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Which model is closer to our current diagnostic tool?

quantity (continuity) model

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What is normal behavior?

any behavior that isn't abnormal

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What is wrong with the definition for normal behavior?

-circuitous and non-definitional
-broad definition of health

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How is normal behavior being researched?

researched through
-positive psychology
-psychological well-being
-psychological health

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Labelling Behaviors Pros

can be useful as a short hand means of communicating:
-between psychologists
-insurance companies
-researchers

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Labelling Behaviors Cons

-negative effects on the person involved (stigma)
-society's attitude toward person can change

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focus on behaviors that posses properties

classify a person's behavior, not label the person themselves
-behavior is only part of a person
-loses person as a whole

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What is a better way(s) to describe a person with behavior problems or psychopathology?

behavioral specific which separates behaviors
-behavior is only part of a person