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How Does Societal Pressure Lead to Abnormal Behavior?

1) Do you feel that societal pressures increased the development of mental disorders among adolescents?

2) Why is it more difficult to identify abnormal behavior among children than among adults?

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1) Do you feel that societal pressures increased the development of mental disorders among adolescents?

My answer is yes and no. I would say that a lot of this depends on the cultural context where the individual resides. A lot can be said about social pressures and mental disorders. The answers can come from several angles. For example, if you are a psychiatrist you may say that anyone who suffers from some type of mental disorder was prone to that disorder to start with. If you are an advocacy group, you might say that society has been unfair to youngsters by bombarding their mind with images that they can never achieve, and as a result, these youngsters have to do whatever they can to try to fit in to a larger society in order to get accepted. If you are a sociologist, you may say that all humans have the need and desire to socialize and be accepted, therefore adolescents have no choice but to try and do whatever possible to gain the acceptance of their peers. Therefore, ...

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Many believe that societal pressure has a strong influence on abnormal behavior. Also, many wonder why is it more difficult to identify abnormal behavior among children than among adults. The answers to the above lie in this solution.

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