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Genetic and Environmental Influences on Normal Range Variation and on the Disordered Extreme An emerging topic in behavior genetic studies of psychopathology is whether genetic and environmental influences are similar across the range of symptoms as for the disordered extreme, or whether the etiology of normal range variation in the trait(s) relevant to a disorder […]

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Abnormal Behavior in Psychology

Psychiatric Approaches The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III, DSM-III-R, and IV). The first two editions of the American Psychiatric Association’s  classification scheme were uniformly unsatisfactory and subject to valid theoretical and practical criticism. Begelman  summarized a number of published articles and derived a fairly comprehensive list of criticisms. In […]

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Evaluation and Methods of Classification on abnormal behavior

Classification research for the development of classification schemes requires a framework for describing the approach to and evaluating classif ication schemes. In evaluation, there are four major aspects that are very important in producing a reliable and valid classification system: 1.The classification system should be reliable and consistent from user to user (interrater agreement) and […]

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types of abnormal behavior psychology and measurement

types of abnormal behavior psy In the initial stages of developing a classification system, observations comprise a classification scheme. If the categories or subcategories are adequately defined, then the next step in the process is measuring the attributes. Measurement is the technological implementation of a classification scheme; in psychology, it involves assessing behavior or response […]

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Classification of Abnormal Behavior

Principles of Classification abnormal behavior A classification scheme attempts to divide natural phenomena into mutually exclusive as well as exhaustive subsets. As mentioned previously, the f irst purpose of classifying is to permit accurate communication that will allow developing, explaining, predicting, or controlling the events that constitute a particular phenomenon. To accomplish this goal, certain […]

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Examples of Schizophrenic Behavior

Behaviour of schizophrenia The person with schizophrenia may exhibit bizarre behaviour .They may present as hyperactive and unpredictable. Bizarre behaviour may consistof the repetition of certain gestures or postures, such as skipping or standing facinga wall. Some people with schizophrenia will copy other people’s behaviours, whichis known as ‘echopraxia’, or copy their speech which is […]

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Multivariate Behavior Genetic Studies of Mood and Anxiety

Disorder Symptoms Most multivariate behavior genetic contributions to the classification of mood and anxiety disorders have been based on three general approaches: (1) split an existing diagnostic category into subtypes and examine differences in the causes of the resulting subtypes; (2) look for common causes that cut across the symptoms of several diagnostic categories, using […]

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Abnormal versus Normal Behavior

A major question that has plagued the field of abnormal behavior is, what are the criteria for abnormal behavior (or psychopathology, mental illness, or a similar term)? Perhaps a clue to the answer can be seen in the medical profession, that can diagnose physical illness or disease fairly accurately. In the history of developing successful […]

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Mental Disorders: External Behavior or Internal

Mental Disorders: External Behavior or Internal Mechanisms Two frequent criticisms of Wakefield’s concept of internal mechanisms are that the notion is both ‘‘mentalistic’’ (a term that drives strict behaviorists crazy) and biological. Most psychologists would agree that what goes on inside a person is important. However, important scientific methods and procedures must be considered when […]

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Psychology definition of abnormal behavior

Defining Abnormal Behavior. Attempts to define abnormal, deviant, disordered, or psychopathological behavior in psychology have largely been disastrous, although this process is necessary to develop a classification system. Any number of attempts ranging from statistical to theoretical positions have been made; all cause more confusion than clarification. One possible solution to this problem is Wakefield’s […]

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