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Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0131090019

Cover of Abnormal Psychology 4TH 04 (ISBN 978-0131090019)
ISBN13: 978-0131090019
ISBN10: 0131090011
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

Abnormal Psychology - 4TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131090019

Thomas Oltmanns and Robert Emery

ISBN13: 978-0131090019
ISBN10: 0131090011
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

For Introductory courses in Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behavior, and Psychopathology.

Oltmanns and Emery bring both the science and the personal aspects of abnormal psychology to life by emphasizing that abnormal psychology is not about "them," it's about all of us. Organized around the way students learn, this ground-breaking text integrates the biological, psychological, and social perspectives in one concurrent story.


  • NEW--Thoroughly updated material in every chapter--(Ch. 1) A new section on evolutionary psychology, a streamlined and more accessible presentation of the systems approach, an updated account of psychological factors in mental illness and an enhanced discussion of behavior genetics. (Ch. 6) Expanded and updated section on PTSD, over 50 new references including current research on ASD and subclinical ASD as a predictor of future PTSD; the benefits of antidepressants in treating PTSD; the psychological effects of torture. (Ch. 12) New information on schizophrenia and social class and other environmental risk factors, updated information on brain imaging studies, expanded coverage of second generation or "atypical" antipsychotic drugs.
    • Provides students with the most current research in the field.
  • NEW--"Getting Help" feature--Addresses students' personal concerns directly.
    • Answers those questions students most often ask instructors after class.
  • Case Studies--Appear near the beginning of every chapter so that the symptoms and etiological issues are presented in the context of real lives and in their genuine complexity.
    • Reminds students that abnormal psychology is about real people. Illustrates for students how ordinary lives are disrupted by mental disorder and how treatment proceeds in fits and starts. Helps students think more deeply about psychological disorders.
  • Consistent coverage--Opens with an Overview, followed by Case Studies the Typical Symptoms, and Associated Features, Etiological Considerations and Research, and finally treatment.
    • Provides students with a coherent framework and consistent outline across chapters.
  • Chapter on Eating Disorders--Such as anorexia and bulimia, with first person accounts and the latest research evidence.
    • Presents a common concern of college-aged adults so that those affected by this disorder can deal with it.
  • A Major Study on Suicide--Covers the treatment that is available for potential suicide victims.
    • Provides students with a comfort zone for openly discussing a difficult issue.
  • Multicultural issues and minority concerns--Include a "Further Thoughts" insert on psychotherapy with minority group members (Ch. 3) and a "Research Methods" insert on cross-cultural studies (Ch. 9).
    • Illustrates for students the increasingly diverse population in which they are living and working.
  • "Research Methods" inserts in every chapter.--Allows for more detailed coverage of research methods.
    • Helps make learning research methods more manageable, more focused, and more relevant by connecting them to the content of the chapter.
  • "Research Close-Ups" sections--Devoted to a detailed review of a particular study that has proved important in advancing knowledge in a given area.
    • Concretizes for students not only the findings of the study, but also its process.

Table of Contents

1. Examples and Definitions of Abnormal Behavior.
2. Causes of Abnormal Behavior: From Paradigms to Systems.
3. Treatment of Psychological Disorders.
4. Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior.
5. Mood Disorders and Suicide.
6. Anxiety Disorders.
7. Acute and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, and Somatoform Disorders.
8. Stress and Physical Health.
9. Personality Disorders.
10. Eating Disorders.
11. Substance Use Disorders.
12. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.
13. Schizophrenic Disorders.
14. Dementia, Delirium, and Amnestic Disorders.
15. Mental Retardation and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
16. Psychological Disorders of Childhood.
17. Adjustment Disorders and Life-Cycle Transitions.
18. Mental Health and the Law.

Name Index.
Subject Index.

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