What factors should be considered in distinguishing between normal and abnormal behavior?
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1. What factors should be considered in distinguishing between normal and abnormal behavior?
It depends on how the concept of 'normal' is defined.
Statistically, normal behavior is about average, or behavior that is statistically within 3 standard deviations of the mean of some population. Relative to normal behavior, 'abnormal' is any behavior that deviates from that that which is normal behavior (often greater than 3 deviations from the mean (average). For example, 'normal' IQ ranges from 80 to 120, with a mean of 100 (meaning 50% of the population have an IQ level of 100). Anyone that falls within this range (80 to 120 range) is considered to have a 'normal' IQ. Those with over 120 are considered gifted or above 'normal" behavior, and those below 80, range from being referred to low average to mentally retarded, which when compared to the norm IQ mean of 100, we could considered it "abnormal" although that is not the category we use when referring to IQ, but it is implied in the ...
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