Abnormal Psychology / Edition 12

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Abnormal Psychology 12th Edition, continues the tradition of giving students the opportunity to explore the latest theories and research in the field. It has been adapted to take into account UK/European examples in diagnosis and classifcation of mental illness, statistics on misuse of drugs and treatment as well as a fully revised chapter with European examples on legal and ethical issues.

As distinguished scholars and leaders in the field of Psychology, our author team continues to emphasize recent and comprehensive research coverage that has been the hallmark of the text.  Significant new material correlated to the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5), included in every chapter. Abnormal Psychology emphasizes an integrated approach, showing how psychopathology is best understood by considering multiple perspectives, and how these varying perspectives can provide us with the clearest accounting of the causes of these disorders as well as the best possible treatments.

Created for the 11th edition, we continue to offer a powerful video series for your Abnormal Psychology course with 7-10 minute clips to show in class or for students to review outside of class to help understand the patients experience. Unlike other videos, these feature real patients' and their families, in the context of their lives, describing symptoms from their own perspective. Each video provides concise information about the available treatment options.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This update of a classic textbook on abnormal psychology comes approximately three years after the previous edition with many changes and updates.
Purpose: The aim is to provide students a critical introduction to abnormal psychology, covering the complexities of our evolving knowledge on the topic in a manner that is still comprehensible at an introductory level.
Audience: The primary audience is undergraduate students in psychology and related fields. The authors are well known and accomplished researchers.
Features: This edition comes with some major changes. First, there are the updated references and information, as well as new references. Second, suggestions from students and professors have been integrated into this edition, such as introducing Clinical Case Boxes to give readers a real-life, clinical flavor of the disorder. Third, the authors have restructured the book to incorporate information about treatments with each of the disorders rather than in separate chapters at the end of the book. The final major renovation is the inclusion of information regarding upcoming DSM-5 changes and how that relates to our understanding of psychological disorders. Nevertheless, the timing of this edition before DSM-5 is officially released is questionable given the authors' inclination to include it as a major new component that may or may not hold true in the final publication. The chapters have copious pictures, illustrations, tables, and other full-color graphics. There are summary bullets, side notes, case examples, and the above-mentioned instructive boxes that make this student-friendly. The major flaw in this book is the inaccurate or incomplete coverage of various disorders. For example, the authors report studies that show verbal memory impairment in individuals with PTSD, but studies with those findings fail to account for performance validity issues. They also misrepresent the DSM-5 trauma criteria for PTSD as being more restrictive, while in fact some of the criteria relax and expand the definition. The chapter on suicide is lacking in any references to two preeminent suicide researchers, one of whom has recently presented paradigm-shifting data on the inferiority of accepted inpatient treatment for suicidal patients compared to newly developed outpatient models. Additionally, there are misidentified medications (e.g., the brand name for risperidone is listed as Clozapine), and the chapter on dementias erroneously states that 80 percent of individuals with Parkinson's disease develop dementia with Lewy bodies (incidentally without a reference). These are but a few of the problems in this book.
Assessment: While the authors have done an admirable job creating and organizing an effective learning tool in a diverse and complex field, and the bulk of the information will serve students well, the inaccuracy of a notable amount of information is keenly disappointing for naive, beginning learners who will take it as fact simply because of the authoritative context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118018491
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 298,146
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction and Historical Overview.

Chapter 2: Current Paradigms in Psychopathology.

Chapter 3: Diagnosis and Assessment.

Chapter 4: Research Methods in Psychopathology.

Chapter 5: Mood Disorders.

Chapter 6: Anxiety Disorders.

Chapter 7: Obsessive-Compulsive Related and Trauma-Related Disorders.

Chapter 8: Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders.

Chapter 9: Schizophrenia.

Chapter 10: Substance Use Disorders.

Chapter 11: Eating Disorders.

Chapter 12: Sexual Disorders.

Chapter 13: Disorders of Childhood.

Chapter 14: Late Life and Neurocognitive Disorders.

Chapter 15: Personality and Personality Disorders.

Chapter 16: Legal and Ethical Issues.

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