Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior / Edition 8

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Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology is a rich collection of contemporary and classic cases that uses a unique combination of readability, humor, and strong scholarship to bring abnormal psychology to life for students. To help students better understand the nature of each disorder, cases include full background material relevant to etiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations.

In addition to updated research, references, and commentary throughout, the Eighth Edition offers a number of fascinating, informative, and culturally diverse new cases:

  • A Case of Post-Partum Depression: Brooke Shields
  • A Case of Anorexia Nervosa: Christina Ricci
  • A Case of School Shooters: Seung-Hui Cho
  • A Case of Sexual Deviation: Alfred Kinsey
  • A Case of Female Psychosexual Dysfunction: Marilyn Monroe
  • A Case of Pseudo-Parkinson’s Disease: Muhammad Ali

Robert G. Meyer is joined in this edition by two new co-authors:

L. Kevin Chapman is Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville, Co-Director of the Healthy Parents-Healthy Kids Research Lab at the University of Louisville, Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Kentucky Psychological Association, and faculty advisor for the Black Students in Psychology organization at the University of Louisville.

Christopher M. Weaver is a Research Fellow with the Center for Health Care Evaluation and National Center for PTSD of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, CA, as well as with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University.

Incl. multiple theoretical views of moderate anxiety, depression & simple phobias; sleep disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

A supplementary casebook which explores issues in abnormal psychology by relating the topics to case studies drawn from: popular culture, such as O. J. Simpson, Ronald Reagan, and Princess Diana; famous historical cases, including Anna O.; and other more recent cases. Seventeen chapters discuss anxiety, sleep, somatoform, schizophrenic, psychosexual, personality, substance use, and other disorders, as well as legal issues and psychological practice. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From The Critics
Representing classic cases, contemporary cases, and cases drawn from the public record, this textbook structures the discussion of abnormal psychology around case studies. After a discussion of the concepts of abnormality and the relevant theories and techniques, the cases are grouped by the type of disorder, with chapters on anxiety, dissociative and sleep disorders, somatoform disorders, schizophrenic and delusional disorders, affective disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance use, eating disorders, personality disorders, impulse control problems, violence, disorders of childhood and adolescence, and organic mental disorders. Legal issues are also addressed. Meyer teaches at the University of Louisville. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205594160
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/19/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Meyer is a Full Professor in the Psychology Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences of the University of Louisville. He received his M.A, and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State. He spent approximately two years as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Univ. of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill, then came to the U of L in as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychology Clinic. He was board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in both clinical and forensic psychology, and is a fellow in Divisions 12 (Clinical) and 41 (Law and Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of over 60 published articles, 23 book chapters and 15 books, including The Clinician's Handbook: Integrated diagnostics, assessment, and intervention in adult and adolescent psychopathology (4th Ed.); The Child Clinician's Handbook (2nd Ed. — with B. Kronenberger); Law and Mental Health (with C. Weaver), Detection of Deception (with 3 co-authors); and in a lighter moment, The Complete Book of Softball. He was the editor for 15 years of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, is a past-president of the Kentucky Psychological Association, and was an associate member of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association. He was the co-recipient of a regional Grawemeyer Award for innovative curriculum development. In October of 2003, Dr. Meyer was presented the Distinguished Career in Psychology Award, their highest honor, by the Kentucky Psychological Association.

With Contributions by:

L. Kevin Chapman: Dr. Chapman is an Assistant Professor in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Chapman is the Co-Director of the Healthy Parents-Healthy Kids Research Lab (HPHK) at the University of Louisville, which specializes in anxiety and related disorders in diverse populations. Dr. Chapman is also the Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA), and the faculty advisor for the Black Students in Psychology (BSIP) organization at the University of Louisville. Dr. Chapman is also a member of the University of Louisville Performance Team for athletics, dealing with performance enhancement. Dr. Chapman’s research and clinical interests include the familial transmission of anxiety in African American families, risk and protective factors for the development of anxiety, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Chapman received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Centre College in 2000, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2002, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2006. Dr. Chapman is originally from Louisville, Kentucky.

Christopher Weaver: Dr. Weaver is a Research Fellow with the Center for Health Care Evaluation and National Center for PTSD of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, CA, as well as with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville and attended clinical internship at the University of California - San Francisco where his research focused broadly on violence risk assessment and psychopathy. Among his publications, he has co-authored books on mental health law and adult psychopathology, and has taught a broad range of courses including psychology research methods and diversity in counselling. His current research examines the links between violent offending, Posttraumatic Stress, and Substance Use Disorders.

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Table of Contents


Introduction and Major Historical Developments.

1. Concepts of Abnormality.

The DSMs.

Rates of Mental Disorders.

A Presumably Normal Person Potentially Viewed as Pathological.

The Case of O.J. Simpson.

2. Theories and Techniques.

Multiple Theoretical Views on Moderate Anxiety, Depression, and Simple Phobias.

The Case of Danielle.

The Various Mental Health Professionals.

An Overall Perspective on Treatment Change.

3. The Anxiety Disorders.

The Three Little Boys: Hans, Albert, and Peter.

The Case of Little Hans.

The Case of Little Albert.

The Case of Little Peter.


The Case of Agnes.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The Case of Bess.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Case of Paul.

4. The Dissociative and Sleep Disorders.

Multiple Personality Disorder.

The Case of Anna O.

Sleep Disorders.

The Case of Sam.

The Case of Ilse.

5. The Somatoform Disorders.

Somatoform Disorders Subcategories.

The Case of “Alix” (Empress Alexandra Fedorovna).

Pain Disorder.

The Case of Pam.

6. The Schizophrenic and Delusional (or Paranoid) Disorders.

Undifferentiated Schizophrenia.

The Case of Sally.

Paranoid Schizophrenia.

The Case of Daniel Paul Schreber.

The Case of John Forbes Nash.

7. The Affective (or Mood) Disorders and Suicide.

Major Depressive Disorder Associated with a Suicide Attempt.

The Case of Joseph Westbecker.

Post-Partum Depression

The Case of Brooke Shields

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Psychosis).

The Case of Virginia Woolf.

8. The Psychosexual Disorders.

The Case of Alfred Kinsey

Sexual Addiction.

The Case of William Clinton.


The Case of Jeffrey Dahmer.


Megan’s Law

Sexual Predator Legislation


Gender Identity Disorder.

The Case of Bruce/Brenda.

Sexual Dysfunctions (Impotence).

The Case of Tim.

Female Psychosexual Dysfunction.

The Case of Marilyn Monroe

9. The Substance Use Disorders.

Alcohol Dependence and Abuse.

The Case of Betty Ford.

Prescription Drug Abuse.

Polysubstance Dependence.

The Case of Elvis Presley.

Nicotine Dependence.

The Case of Dr. S.

10. The Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa.

The Cases of Karen Carpenter and Christina Ricci.

Bulimia Nervosa.

The Case of Princess Diana.

11. The Personality Disorders.

Personality Types and Their Potential Disorders.

The Histrionic Personality Disorder.

The Case of Hilde.

The Antisocial Personality Disorder.

The Case of Theodore Bundy.

The Schizoid Personality Disorder.

The Case of Theodore Kaczynski.

Malignant Narcissism.

The Case of Adolf Hitler

The Case of Joseph Stalin

The Case of Saddam Hussein.

12. Disorders of Impulse Control.

Pathological Gambling.

The Case of Fyodor Dostoevsky.


The Case of Winona Ryder

The Case of John Lennon.

13. Disorders with Violence.

Causes of Violence.

The Case of Jack Ruby.

The Serial Killer.

The Case of Herman Mudgett (Dr. Henry Holmes).

The Death Penalty.

Family Violence: Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children and Spouse Abuse.

The Case of Charles.

The Case of Abby.

14. Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence.

The Case of Albert Einstein.

Development Language Disorder.

The Case of Delano.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

The Case of Matt.

Autistic Disorder.

The Case of Temple Grandin.

Separation Anxiety Disorder Associated with School Refusal.

The Case of Julie.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

The Case of Phyllis.

School Violence.

The Case of Seung-Hui Cho.

Identity Development Crisis or Disorder.

The Case of Mr. E.

15. Organic Mental Disorders and Mental Retardation.

Recovery of Functions Following Removal of Dominant Brain Hemisphere.

The Case of Harry.

Parkinson’s Disease and Pseudo-Parkinson’s Disease.

The Case of Muhammad Ali.

Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Case of Ronald Reagan.

Mental Retardation.

The Case of Daryl Renard Atkins.

16. Legal Issues and Psychological Practice.

Malingering, Factitious Disorder, or True Disorder?

The Case of Marna.

Criminal Responsibility, Competency to Stand Trial, and Dangerousness, and a Case of Borderline Personality Disorder.

The Case of John Hinckley.

17. Postscript: Positive Mental Health.



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