Discussion: Defining Abnormal Behavior


1-1 Discussion: Defining Abnormal Behavior

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In this module, you will explore the concept of abnormal behavior and consider why we often think of abnormal behavior as weird, uncomfortable, and difficult to define.

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For your initial post, review the definition of abnormal behavior from your textbook, Abnormal Psychology, Chapter 2, and from the video, Defining Abnormality, to answer the following questions:

  • How has abnormal behavior been defined throughout history?
  • In your own words, how would you define abnormal behavior?
  • What are some of the ways in which abnormal behavior might be defined across different cultures?
  • What are some of the factors that contribute to abnormal behavior?
  • How do these contributing factors apply to any of the following programmatic themes? You may want to review the Programmatic Themes document.
    • Self-care
    • Social justice
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Career connections
    • Ethics