Abnormal Psychology (8th Edition) by Ronald J. Comer

By Ronald J. Comer

The 8th variation of the bestselling irregular Psychology engages scholars with its built-in assurance of conception, prognosis, and remedy; its inclusive wide-ranging cross-cultural standpoint, and its concentrate on the real-life effect of psychological disorder. Containing the newest examine, irregular Psychology returns in a well timed re-creation.

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Distress Catherine Allemande/Gamma Liaison Even functioning that is considered unusual does not necessarily qualify as abnormal. According to many clinical theorists, behavior, ideas, or emotions usually have to cause distress before they can be labeled abnormal. Consider the Ice Breakers, a group of people in Michigan who go swimming in lakes throughout the state every weekend from November through February. The colder the weather, the better they like it. One man, a member of the group for 17 years, says he loves the challenge of man against nature.

As more and more patients disappeared into large, distant mental hospitals, the public came to view them as strange and dangerous. In turn, people were less open-handed when it came to making donations or allocating government funds. Moreover, many of the patients entering public mental hospitals in the United States in the late nineteenth century were poor foreign immigrants, whom the public had little interest in helping. By the early years of the twentieth century, the moral treatment movement had ground to a halt in both the United States and Europe.

As more and more patients disappeared into large, distant mental hospitals, the public came to view them as strange and dangerous. In turn, people were less open-handed when it came to making donations or allocating government funds. Moreover, many of the patients entering public mental hospitals in the United States in the late nineteenth century were poor foreign immigrants, whom the public had little interest in helping. By the early years of the twentieth century, the moral treatment movement had ground to a halt in both the United States and Europe.

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