APA Dictionary of Psychology

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Overview

Compiles over 25,000 entries chosen by APA as the most relevant terms in psychology. Provides thousands of cross-references, directing the user to synonyms and antonyms, acronyms and abbreviations, related terms and concepts. Provides users with foremost language and terms in psychology. Contains a Guide to Use, explaining formal elements and editorial practices. Includes Four Appendixes, each gathering entries thematically into listings covering biographies; institutions, associations, and organizations; psychological therapies and interventions; and psychological tests and assessment instruments.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: The American Psychological Association's first published dictionary fulfills a longstanding void in our field.
Purpose: The APA felt that it was its duty as the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the largest association of psychologists in the world, to collect and define the vocabulary of the field, not for just its members, but for the general public. The purpose is to provide an authoritative and well written dictionary of the major terms in psychology that encompasses many subfields as well as the ever-evolving field itself. The editors have exceeded their goals and objectives.
Audience: Clearly, anyone in the field of psychology (students, clinicians, researchers) as well as psychiatrists, lawyers, nurses, social workers, etc. will find this an invaluable resource. The editorial staff worked tirelessly to produce this edition and their hard work and dedication is discussed in the preface. They are certainly credible members of the field.
Features: What is unique about this dictionary is that it can be used by the general public as well as seasoned clinicians. The 25,000 terms cover over 90 subareas of psychology. There are many cross-references as well as 200 entries on major figures in psychology. Readers will appreciate the four appendixes that cover biographies, institutions and organizations, psychological tests and assessments, and the various psychotherapies. As with any first edition, there will be revisions and minor errors, but these do not detract from the overall utility of this needed reference.
Assessment: Clearly, this compilation of terminology by this premier organization could not have been timelier. Our field has gained a substantial resource that is destined to become a staple on every psychologist's shelf.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Abbott Laboratories)
Description: The American Psychological Association's first published dictionary fulfills a longstanding void in our field.
Purpose: The APA felt that it was its duty as the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the largest association of psychologists in the world, to collect and define the vocabulary of the field, not for just its members, but for the general public. The purpose is to provide an authoritative and well written dictionary of the major terms in psychology that encompasses many subfields as well as the ever-evolving field itself. The editors have exceeded their goals and objectives.
Audience: Clearly, anyone in the field of psychology (students, clinicians, researchers) as well as psychiatrists, lawyers, nurses, social workers, etc. will find this an invaluable resource. The editorial staff worked tirelessly to produce this edition and their hard work and dedication is discussed in the preface. They are certainly credible members of the field.
Features: What is unique about this dictionary is that it can be used by the general public as well as seasoned clinicians. The 25,000 terms cover over 90 subareas of psychology. There are many cross-references as well as 200 entries on major figures in psychology. Readers will appreciate the four appendixes that cover biographies, institutions and organizations, psychological tests and assessments, and the various psychotherapies. As with any first edition, there will be revisions and minor errors, but these do not detract from the overall utility of this needed reference.
Assessment: Clearly, this compilation of terminology by this premier organization could not have been timelier. Our field has gained a substantial resource that is destined to become a staple on every psychologist's shelf.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(College of Lake County)
Description:The American Psychological Association's first published dictionary fulfills a longstanding void in our field.
Purpose:The APA felt that it was its duty as the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the largest association of psychologists in the world, to collect and define the vocabulary of the field, not for just its members, but for the general public. The purpose is to provide an authoritative and well written dictionary of the major terms in psychology that encompasses many subfields as well as the ever-evolving field itself. The editors have exceeded their goals and objectives.
Audience:Clearly, anyone in the field of psychology (students, clinicians, researchers) as well as psychiatrists, lawyers, nurses, social workers, etc. will find this an invaluable resource. The editorial staff worked tirelessly to produce this edition and their hard work and dedication is discussed in the preface. They are certainly credible members of the field.
Features:What is unique about this dictionary is that it can be used by the general public as well as seasoned clinicians. The 25,000 terms cover over 90 subareas of psychology. There are many cross-references as well as 200 entries on major figures in psychology. Readers will appreciate the four appendixes that cover biographies, institutions and organizations, psychological tests and assessments, and the various psychotherapies. As with any first edition, there will be revisions and minor errors, but these do not detract from the overallutility of this needed reference.
Assessment:Clearly, this compilation of terminology by this premier organization could not have been timelier. Our field has gained a substantial resource that is destined to become a staple on every psychologist's shelf.
Library Journal
Ten years in the making, the American Psychological Association's (APA) new dictionary was well worth the wait. Using an extensive, six-step review process, a team of nearly 100 editors made up of psychological scholars, researchers, and practitioners accumulated 25,000 terms and definitions—pared from 37,000—to include in the final work. Like Andrew M. Colman's A Dictionary of Psychology(Oxford Univ., 2006, 2d ed.), this work contains definitions of psychological concepts, processes, therapies, medications, and disorders; unlike Colman's Dictionary, it includes entries for biographies (e.g., French psychologist Jean Piaget, American biologist and human sexuality research scientist Alfred Kinsey), organizations (e.g., American Pain Society, Indian Health Service), and landmark legal decisions (e.g., O'Connorv. Donaldson; Williamsv. Florida). More than 100 subject areas are covered in all.
—Jennifer Johnston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591473800
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1024
  • Sales rank: 671,989
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.50 (d)

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