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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:
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.
Introduction and Major Historical Developments.
1. Concepts of Abnormality.
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.
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.
The Case of Sam.
The Case of Ilse.
5. The Somatoform Disorders.
Somatoform Disorders Subcategories.
The Case of “Alix” (Empress Alexandra Fedorovna).
The Case of Pam.
6. The Schizophrenic and Delusional (or Paranoid) Disorders.
The Case of Sally.
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.
The Case of Brooke Shields
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Psychosis).
The Case of Virginia Woolf.
8. The Psychosexual Disorders.
The Case of Alfred Kinsey
The Case of William Clinton.
The Case of Jeffrey Dahmer.
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.
The Case of Elvis Presley.
The Case of Dr. S.
10. The Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
The Cases of Karen Carpenter and Christina Ricci.
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.
The Case of Adolf Hitler
The Case of Joseph Stalin
The Case of Saddam Hussein.
12. Disorders of Impulse Control.
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.
The Case of Temple Grandin.
Separation Anxiety Disorder Associated with School Refusal.
The Case of Julie.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
The Case of Phyllis.
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.
The Case of Ronald Reagan.
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.