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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: This abridged version of the American Psychological Association's dictionary defines 10,000 terms, compared to the 25,000 terms in the parent dictionary, eliminating the more technical terminology in order to appeal to lay readers.
Purpose: This abridged version is designed to appeal to those outside the field of psychology.
Audience: It is designed for lay readers who need a quick guide to the major terms in psychology. Clearly though, anyone in the field of psychology (students, clinicians, researchers) as well as psychiatrists, lawyers, nurses, social workers, etc. will find this to be a valuable resource as well.
Features: The terms are explained with reasonable yet abbreviated definitions in over 90 subareas of psychology. Readers will appreciate the two appendixes that cover significant historical figures in psychology and the various psychotherapies.
Assessment: As with the parent version, this abridged compilation of terminology could not have come at a better time. The field continues to change and evolve and the need for reliable resources like this continues to grow as well.