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 th
We have gone a long way from claiming witchcraft to actually recognizing abnormality disorders as a medical condition. This model hasn"tmt been proven to be the most accurate of the models of abnormality. The behavioral model associates the behavior itself as the problem, as a learned response. This is one of the stronger models of abnormality. Maybe the society that they live in was so poor everyone stole to make ends meet. No matter how many times people tell him that stealing is not good, he steals anyway. To make ends meet, his mother would steal from stores to help put food on the table. If to associate this model to a theft, one might say that heshe maybe revealing some aggression by stealing. The cognitive model of abnormality theorizes that people"tms thoughts and beliefs are the cause of abnormal behavior. The psychoanalytic model of abnormality is derived from childhood troubles regarding sex and aggression. Today this man has a terrible problem. He grew up in the sixties and his family was poor.