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Abnormal Psychology PG3560 TTh 9:30-10:45, Haley 2116. Laura Vernon, Ph.D. www.auburn.edu/~vernoll. CLASS ACTIVITY. Define Mental Illness . 1) Consider what a “mental illness” is as a concept. What are its essential features?

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Abnormal psychology pg3560 tth 9 30 10 45 haley 2116

Abnormal PsychologyPG3560TTh 9:30-10:45, Haley 2116

Laura Vernon, Ph.D.

www.auburn.edu/~vernoll


Class activity

CLASS ACTIVITY

  • Define Mental Illness.

  • 1) Consider what a “mental illness” is as a concept. What are its essential features?

  • 2) Make your definition useful for discriminating between those with and those without “mental illness.”


Definitions dfns

Definitions (DFNs)

  • Factual statement

    • objectively true

    • e.g., Weeds are plants.

  • Value statement

    • __________________

    • e.g., Weeds are pests.


Defining mental illness

Defining “Mental Illness”

  • 1. Does not exist. (Szasz)

    • “problems in living”

    • subjective value judgement

    • only objective lesions

    • Problems: some lesions not illness

    • some illnesses not lesions


Abnormal psychology pg3560 tth 9 30 10 45 haley 2116

  • 2. Biological Disadvantage. (Kendall)

    • increased mortality

    • ________________

    • Problem cases: priesthood

    • military


Defining illness

Defining “Illness”

  • 1. __________________

    • rare or unusual behavior

    • deviation from standard

    • Problems: some illness is common

    • some good behavior is rare

    • who sets standard


Abnormal psychology pg3560 tth 9 30 10 45 haley 2116

  • 2. Personal Distress

    • suffering

    • Problems: some distressed people not ill

    • some ill people not distressed


Abnormal psychology pg3560 tth 9 30 10 45 haley 2116

  • 3. Impaired Functioning

    • _____________________________________

    • Problems: some low functioning people not ill

    • some high functioning people are ill


Characteristics of illness

Characteristics of Illness

  • 1. Associated with subjective distress, increased mortality, impaired functioning

  • 2. Things we want treated

    • or things doctors treat

  • 3. Attributable to an internal cause

    • not due to unemployment, poverty, etc.


Abnormal psychology pg3560 tth 9 30 10 45 haley 2116

  • 4. Useful label for society

    • spurs treatment (tx) and research

    • _______________________


Government as parent to mentally ill potential for abuse

Government as “Parent” to Mentally Ill- Potential for Abuse

  • Historical examples of abuse

    • Soviet Union- political opposition

    • U.S.- drapetomania

    • ______________________

      • painful tx.s

      • fostered discrimination


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