My Psychology teacher doesn't teach us anything. Help?Watch
Could somebody set me on the right tracks with these questions?
Defining I think I can do
But classifying? What's the difference?
Classification would be relating to the DSM, so symptoms and how they make someone abnormal. E.g. if someone has depression, they'll have low mood and lose interest in stuff they used to enjoy. The problem with classifying this behaviour as ABNORMAL is that someone may just simply be losing interest in something or there may be a particular reason for low mood. Also doctors need to make sure that the behaviour is going on for long enough before they class it as abnormal which means mistakes can be made. There are lots of other problems with DSM classifications that you can find online
Defining is more looking at what classes someone as abnormal. So how do books and psychiatrists define abnormality. e.g. based on someones Maladaptiveness, Statistical infrequency e.g. abnormally high IQ or low IQ or a deviation from social norms and the problems with doing this. E.g. if you're gonna call someone with a high IQ 'abnormal' and thus mentally ill then that's completely wrong because just because they have a higher than average IQ that may just mean they're very intelligent. Not abnormally functioning.
I hope that all makes sense? If not let me know. Do you do OCR Psych by the way?
Classifications are related to the DSM. So, they need to display x, y, z over a time period.