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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.