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In the not so far away past people used to suggest witchcraft and superstition as the cause of abnormal behavior. Today we find that those beliefs are not so realistic. There are six major models of abnormality that suggest the cause of abnormal behavior: medical model, psychoanalytic model, behavioral model, cognitive model, humanistic model, and the sociocultural model. Those models provide us with a better understanding on abnormalities in behavior. Take stealing, for example. Each of the models of abnormality would provide a different outlook on the thefts mind frame.
The medical model of abnormality suggests that the cause of abnormal behavior could be found in a physical examination, which may show a hormonal imbalance, a chemical deficiency, or a brain injury. A person caught shoplifting under these circumstances might have an imbalance or an injury to the brain that makes them unaware that stealing is wrong.
The psychoanalytic model of abnormality is derived from childhood troubles regarding sex and ag
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