The Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: Understanding the Criteria & Causes of Abnormal Behavior

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Which of these is NOT a criteria for identifying abnormal behavior?

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1. Which of the following is a drawback to using violation of social norms as a way to identify abnormal behavior?

2. Dr. Jared classifies his patient Thomas as abnormal based on the citeria of statistical rarity. Which of the following would enable Dr. Jared to make this classification?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The psychological reasons for abnormal behavior are many, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the terms surrounding this broad topic. Some topics you'll be assessed on include causes of abnormal behavior, violation of social norms, and maladaptive behavior.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following definitions or concepts:

  • Violation of social norms
  • Behavior classification criteria
  • Maladaptive behavior
  • Causes of abnormal behavior

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how psychologists determine if a given behavior is in fact abnormal and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the differing criteria for determining abnormal behavior
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding some of the causes of abnormal behavior
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about classifying abnormal behavior in a given example

Additional Learning

You can learn more about abnormal behavior by reviewing the accompanying lesson, The Psychology of Abnormal Behavior: Understanding the Criteria & Causes of Abnormal Behavior. These learning objectives are covered in the lesson:

  • Understand that abnormal behavior is to be distinguished from normal behavior, and that this determination is not as easy as it seems
  • Identify the different criteria used by psychologists to determine if a given behavior is abnormal
  • Discuss the common causes of abnormal behavior
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