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For this assignment, you have a choice in how you will analyze the concept of the definition of abnormal behavior.  There is a wide range of opinions on how to define abnormal behavior.  This is the reason the professional psychological community now uses the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).  Choose one of the following options and write a 3-4 page paper.                     
Option 1:  Bridley and Daffin (2013) identify 4 concepts that people use to decide whether behavior is “abnormal” or “normal.”  The question of what behavior is normal and what is abnormal defines the basis of what we will be studying, and the answers do not always make it clear as to what is the correct answer.  Often we define abnormal behavior as that which deviates from what we ourselves consider to be normal.  However our definition of “normal” may not agree with what others believe it to be.

  • Go to: https://opentext.wsu.edu/abnormal-psych/front-matter/table-of-contents/Consider how the four concepts listed in this section help one to discern whether behavior is normal or abnormal.

  • Prepare a 3  page paper summarizing each of the concepts in your own words.  Ensure the following points are thoroughly addressed:

    • A summary of each concept in your own words
    • The challenges of each concept if used to define behaviors as normal or abnormal
    • Give an example of deviant behavior that would be considered abnormal and an example of deviant behavior that is usually not considered to be abnormal (not examples in the text)
    • Support your writing with at least two academic sources.

Option 2:  The DSM-V gives the following definition of abnormal behavior: 
A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning. Mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress or disability in social, occupational, or other important activities. An expectable or culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder. Socially deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) and conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are not mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict results from a dysfunction in the individual, as described above.

  • Find a journal article that supports this definition.
  • Analyze the research this journal article uses to support this definition.
  • Prepare a 3-4 page paper summarizing the research used to support the definition of abnormal behavior used in the DSM-V.  Support your opinion with
    • Give an example of a behavior that would be considered normal in one culture and abnormal in another
    • Give an example of deviant behavior that would be considered abnormal and an example of deviant behavior that is usually not considered to be abnormal 

Ensure that you use the Paper Writing rubric to guide your efforts and support your work with scholarly academic resources using APA format.

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