Paper Assignment #1: Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology

In our class, we review several ways in which culture, gender and social factors influence

whether or not someone might be more likely to be identified as suffering with an abnormal

psychological condition. Using your knowledge from our textbook and other sources, match

each one of these factors to a specific psychological condition discussed in our class. In

addition, please specify how these factors individually, or in combination, might contribute to

certain identity groups being more represented in one or more psychological conditions. For

instance (and you can’t use these examples: Black youth are more likely to be diagnosed with

Conduct disorder; Women are more likely to be diagnosed with Borderline Personality

Disorder; people from lower SES are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, etc.) Be

sure to provide specific theoretical rationale and references to support your

speculations.