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Real Science. Real Life.

Deborah Beidel, Cynthia Bulik, and Melinda Stanley take a scientist-practitioner-educator approach and help students see and understand the connection between the science and practice of abnormal psychology.

This leading-edge author team, consisting of three active researchers, clinicians, and educators, take a scientist-practitioner approach emphasizing the rich blend of both the science and practice of abnormal psychology throughout the text. The developmental trajectory of each condition is discussed where appropriate and scientific findings with respect to race and gender are incorporated into discussions about each condition. Biological findings are integrated with findings from social and behavioral sciences, highlighting the complexity of abnormal behavior and how it is often influenced by a wide range of variables. The authors encourage students to look at psychological disorders along a continuum and analyze disorders in terms of whether the individual’s behavior creates distress or impairs daily functioning. Importantly, an effort is made to “bring to life” the nature of these conditions by providing vivid clinical descriptions. In addition to short descriptions used liberally throughout each chapter, a fully integrated case study is presented at the end of each chapter, again illustrating the interplay of biological, psychosocial and emotional factors.

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  • Explore Research — Icons highlight what is know about the developmental trajectory of each condition. Virtual Reality therapy and other topics engage students in current research and help them see the relationship between science and clinical practice.
  • Support Instructors — Speaking Out video interviews featuring real people with psychological disorders, along with their family and friends, help instructors engage students both in and out of the classroom. Included on DVD, on MyPsychLab, and embedded in the PowerPoint slides, these and other resources provide extensive support for instructors.

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Editorial Reviews

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Student Feedback

"It uses people and cases you can relate to in real life. While some researches present abstract information which is difficult to assimilate, this book gives a vivid life story of issues that are clear and easy to understand and digest. I mostly find myself nodding after reading the "research Hot Topics" and Examining the Evidence" sections." ~E. Sorkpor, Hunter College

"This book details the mental disorders that exist from childhood to senior citizens. I have a better understanding of how these disorders occur and what to expect when it occurs in members of my own family." ~ M. Lewis, Hunter College

"I thought it was a very thorough introduction to abnormal psychology. I feel prepared to continue my studies but also find that I've already used the knowledge I've learned in my day-to-day life several times when different topics of conversation. I would describe the text as clear and interesting." ~K. Szostek, Hunter College

"Engaging, clear, concise, interesting, and easy to read. It was truly the only textbook that I have ever looked forward to opening." ~ E. Shasho, Hunter College

Instructor Feedback

Mary Starke - Ramapo
"Beidel is strong with the Scientist-Practitioner approach, very important."

Lynn M. Kemen, Ph. D.- Hunter College
"I found the writing engaging, the examples useful, the research cited was current."
"I like the writer' voice. They make the information accessible and do a really nice mix of therapy and theories."

Robert Hoff – Mercyhurst College
"It is a text written by clinicians who understand the science and by scientists who understand the human face of psychological disorders." "Integrative case studies very helpful."

T.A. Melendez - Arizona State University
"Great text!!" "I like the emphasis on cultural and developmental factors."

Freda Liu - Arizona State University
"Loved the various levels of analysis and the thorough coverage."

George Harold Jennings — Drew University
"Students will like the readability-tone." "Like attention to diversity/gender."

Andrew Corso - Hunter College
"Easy to read - digestible voice-easier to absorb content."

Jose Arcaya — John Jay College of Crminial Justice
“The Hot Topics is cutting edge."

Arthur Lurigio — Loyola University of Chicago
"The most compelling aspect of this book is its readability and perfect balance of research and clinical perspectives, which are brought together in a smooth-flowing style of writing."

Jessica Snowden — Loyola University Chicago
"The biggest strengths of this text are the focus on the developmental factors, as well as issues of race and gender."

Elizabeth Sherwin — University of Arkansas at Little Rock
"Its thorough, and the science-practitioner model, clearly reflects the authors' background."

Mike McRae – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Great book - will be easy and understandable read for the undergraduates." "Great examples, great integration of issues, discussion of disorders in context of development, readability."

Kristi Clements – The University of Alabama at Birmingham
"My personal favorite is that the treatments/therapies tend to follow the disorders, rather than be in a separate chapter."

Sonia Marrone – University of North Dakota
"This textbook is dynamic."
"The scientist-practitioner approach and the student-savvy writing made the textbook interesting and enjoyable to read."

Rahan Ali – Penn State-University Park
"Authors did a good job.""Nice updating of the latest information, good examples, nice approach to case summaries."

Catherine Scanes – Mississippi State University
"Creative presentation of new research, developments and issues."
"Integrative case study allows for full presentation involving etiology, diagnostics, and treatment without requiring a supplemental case study book."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205205011
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh . After serving as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic; WPIC), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the University of Maryland, and Penn State College of Medicine, she is now Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Central Florida. She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy's (AABT) New Researcher Award, and the 2007 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s, Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association and a past-president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. She is a past Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation and the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists. Dr. Beidel has twice been awarded the “Apple for the Teacher Award” from the University of Pittsburgh, an award given by students to faculty considered to be outstanding teachers. Currently, she serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Her academic, research, and clinical interests focus on child and adult anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology, and behavioral treatment. Her research is characterized by a developmental focus, and includes high risk and longitudinal designs, psychophysiological assessment, treatment outcome, and treatment development. Dr. Beidel is the author of over 175 publications including journal articles, book chapters, books and edited books. Her most recent book, Child Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment (authored with Samuel M. Turner, Ph.D., Routledge/Taylor and Francis) was published in summer 2005. Dr. Beidel is the recipient of over 20 years of continuous funding of NIMH grants addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with anxiety disorders.

In addition to her research, teaching, and training responsibilities, she is a licensed psychologist and an active clinician.

Click here to hear Dr. Beidel discuss the Scientist-Practitioner Model: http://www.4researchers.org/articles/4566

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D.

Dr. Cynthia Bulik is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders for the past 22 years. As illustrated by her curriculum vitae, Dr. Bulik also has substantial expertise in the area of mood disorders. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. She developed outpatient, daypatient, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. Her research has included treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. More recently she has begun to explore innovative means of integrating technology into treatment for eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Bulik has written over 230 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore Press) and Runaway Eating (Rodale). She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Dr. Cynthia Bulik appeared on Good Morning America, March 17, 2009. Interview available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnJ81QRpaY

Follow Dr. Bulik on Twitter: @cbulik

Melinda A. Stanley, Ph.D.

Dr. Stanley is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine where she also serves as Head of the Division of Psychology. Previously, she was Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she served as Director of Psychology Training for 8 years. Dr. Stanley received a B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1980, M.A. from Princeton University in 1982, and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1987. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1988. Her current primary clinical and research interests focus on the identification and treatment of anxiety and depression in older adults, with an emphasis on service provision in primary care and community settings. Other clinical and research interests include the nature and treatment of generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trichotillomania. Dr. Stanley has received consistent external funding to support her research for over 16 years, and she has published more than 110 scientific articles and chapters. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 12, Clinical Psychology, and she recently served as Associate Editor for Behavior Therapy. She currently serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and she regularly participates in federal grant review panels.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Abnormal Psychology: Historical and Modern Perspectives Chapter 2: Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology Chapter 3: Assessment and Diagnosis Chapter 4: Anxiety Disorders Chapter 5: Somatoform, Dissociative, and Factitious Disorders Chapter 6: Mood Disorders Chapter 7: Eating Disorders Chapter 8: Gender and Sexual Disorders Chapter 9: Substance Use Disorders Chapter 10: Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders Chapter 11: Personality Disorders Chapter 12: Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence Chapter 13: Aging and Cognitive Disorders Chapter 14: Health Psychology Chapter 15: Abnormal Psychology: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues


Chapter 1: Abnormal Psychology: Historical and Modern Perspectives
Normal vs. Abnormal Behavior Historical Views of Abnormal Behavior and Its Treatment Current Views of Abnormal Behavior and Treatment

Chapter 2: Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology
Research in Abnormal Psychology at the Cellular Level Research in Abnormal Psychology at the Individual Level Research in Abnormal Psychology at the Group Level Research in Abnormal Psychology at the Population Level

Chapter 3: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Clinical Assessment Assessment Instruments Diagnosis and Classification

Chapter 4: Anxiety Disorders
What is Anxiety?
What Are the Anxiety Disorders?
The Etiology of Anxiety Disorders The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 5: Somatoform, Dissociative, and Factitious Disorders
Somatoform Disorders Dissociative Disorders Factitious Disorder

Chapter 6: Mood Disorders
What are the Mood Disorders?
Suicide The Etiology of Mood Disorders The Treatment of Mood Disorders

Chapter 7: Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified Sex, Race, Ethnicity, and Developmental Factors The Etiology of Eating Disorders The Treatment of Eating Disorders

Chapter 8: Gender and Sexual Disorders
Human Sexuality Gender Identity Disorder Sexual Dysfunctions Paraphilias

Chapter 9: Substance Use Disorders
How Severe is the Problem? Use, Abuse, and Dependence Commonly Used “Licit” Drugs Illicit Drugs Etiology of Substance-Related Disorders Treatment of Substance Abuse and Dependence

Chapter 10: Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Psychotic Disorders Etiology of Schizophrenia Treatment of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Chapter 11. Personality Disorders
Personality trait versus Personality Disorder Personality Disorder Clusters The Etiology of Personality Disorders

Chapter 12: Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Mental Retardation Learning Disorders Pervasive Developmental Disorders ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Childhood Disorders of Eating, Sleeping and Elimination

Chapter 13: Aging and Cognitive Disorders
Symptoms and Disorders of Aging Depression and Anxiety in Later Life Substance Abuse and Psychosis in Later Life Cognitive Disorders

Chapter 14: Health Psychology
Health Psychology: Defining the Field The Role of Stress in Physical and Mental Health Psychology and Behavior in Medical Illness Psychology Treatments for Health-Related Conditions

Chapter 15: Abnormal Psychology: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues
Law, Ethics and Issues of Treatment Privacy, Confidentiality and Privilege in Abnormal Psychology Licensing and Malpractice Issues Professional Issues Research and Clinical Trials

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