Abnormal psychology merely defined as behavior that is other than normal. However, other aspects have to be taken into account before an individual is categorized as normal; their culture, religion, and mind/body have significant effects on behavior.
Culture can be described as a representation of ones background and heritage, the views of music, art, and food are all taken into account when viewing an individual’s culture. Culture is actually a psychological word that describes a range of learned behaviors according individuals ethnic and social beliefs. There are variances in the understanding of abnormal behavior among different cultures. Which has an influence on how abnormalities are diagnosed and…show more content… Asian and Latino Cultures avoid expressing themselves in an emotional or distressing type of manor, rather they express anxiety in a physical way. In these cultures the expression of emotion is highly stigmatized and the expression of any emotion to a member outside the individuals immediate family is strongly discouraged (parker, 2011). Psychological disorders affect different cultures at different rates, for example a study of the different racial groups of the United States, viewed individuals over a lifetime and African Americans are significantly less likely than whites to become de- pressed, while the rate of depression for Latinos falls about midway between these two groups (parker, 2011). Depression is defined as an individual having a disorder with mood changes, social interactions, and physical functions. Depression is common for the American Culture and not so common in internationally such as Asian cultures. One reason for this statistics is that Asian people tend to live in an extending family setting. Which social support can be administered immediately for soothing results (parker, 2011). Diagnosing practice of the Chinese have varied over the years, and possibly for that reason depression rates that have been reported are inaccurate. “For example, Chinese psychiatrists have tended to take a broad diagnostic view of schizophrenia, with the result that some patients with affective disorders