Compare And Contrast Models Of Abnormal Behavior

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Lesson 1 Essay on Abnormal Behavior and Models of Abnormal Behavior By Tiffany Wegener for PSY266 - Class # 23624 This essay will cover a few topics learned in chapters one and two of Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior. This essay will go over the differences between normal and abnormal behavior, abnormal behavior throughout history and the major evolutions, the one and multidimensional models of mental disorder, what I hope to gain from studying abnormal psychology, my personal experiences with abnormal psychology, and a brief statement on my understanding of the materials thus far. There are many differences between normal and abnormal behavior, but in order to understand these differences one must understand what is considered…show more content…
The multipath model of mental disorders, on the other hand, is the theory that one’s abnormal behavior is caused by multiple explanations. Although both models are very different in their definitions alone, both models take into consideration the large impact biological problems, psychological issues, social relationships, and sociocultural influences have on a person throughout their entire life leading up to their diagnosis. I am hoping that the study of abnormal psychology will help me identify if I am mentally healthy. It is important to maintain mental health and seek assistance if thoughts and feelings become abnormal. For the same benefits I am hoping that by studying abnormal psychology I can point out when those that I care for are exhibiting abnormal behavior and would benefit from professional help. My interactions and communication will others will greatly improve by studying abnormal behavior as I will have the knowledge to properly empathize and motivate those suffering with mental…show more content…
One of the most fascinating concepts I’ve learned is the different factors that contribute to mental disorders (biological problems, psychological issues, social relationships, and sociocultural influences) which are the four main components individually and in conjunction with themselves used when determining the various models of mental disorders. Sociocultural is particularly intriguing as I never took into consideration how race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status can influence mental disorders. After reading this section I now understand factors that contribute to abnormal behavior due to sociocultural influences such as pressure from social normality’s, gender roles, and those living in poverty. Through learning about the four factors I also learned in the biological module that some mental disorders are

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