Summary: For introductory undergraduate courses in Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behavior, and Psychopathology.
This classic textbook builds on the strengths of existing theoretical systems and clinical methods to provide students with a comprehensive and up-to-date real-world overview of the field of abnormal psychology. It focuses on maladaptive behavior as a product of the interaction between personal vulnerabilities and resiliencies.
...show more * NEW--Therapy (now chapter 3) has been moved earlier.
o Provides students with an overview of therapeutic approaches. Treatment is also discussed within the context of each disorder throughout the text.
* NEW--Material on current issues and research--e.g., Brain plasticity and neurogenesis, the effects of drugs on bodily systems, the effects of 9/11 on New York City residents and other people, the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in mood disorders, and more.
o Provides students with the latest findings in all areas.
* NEW--Chapter Overviews--Each chapter now begins with "What This Chapter Is About," a concise overview of what is to come.
o Gives students the big picture of what will be covered in the chapter before they begin reading.
* NEW--Chapter Conclusions--Each chapter now ends with "Our Take-Away Message," in which the authors present some personal views on the material that has been covered.
o Provides students with a personalized message from the authors and encourages them to express their own ideas about issues in abnormal psychology.
* NEW--"A Good Book" feature--At the end of most chapters, the authors recommend a book that will give students more insights into personal stories of people who have experienced disorders.
o Provides students with resources for term papers, or for their own enrichment.
* ENHANCED--Vulnerability-Resilience theme--Runs throughout the text in both the narrative and in "Vulnerability and Resilience" boxes, and emphasizes the concepts of vulnerability and resilience as they influence the risk of maladaptive behavior and response to therapy. The number of "Vulnerability and Resilience" boxes had been increased in this edition to strengthen the theme.
o Directs students' attention to what strengths and weaknesses people bring to situations as they move through life.
* Excellent clinical material--Numerous brief cases include first-person accounts that illustrate the experience of mental illness, as well as the nature and challenges of clinical practice and clinically-relevant research. NEW case material has been added on PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and transexualism.
o Avoids use of case material that oversimplifies the many dimensions of a person's life.
* Examples and discussions of culture and ethnicity are integrated throughout--e.g., the roles they play in clinical problems and how they are treated.
o Shows students the need for cultural/ethnic awareness on the part of the clinician.