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Measuring Psychopathology
     

Measuring Psychopathology

by Julie Williams, Peter McGuffin, Anne Farmer
 

Measuring Psychopathology describes the methods by which the signs and symptoms of mental disorder are elicited.
Written for the non-clinical researcher as well as for those with clinical experience, the authors start by considering the question "what is psychopathology?" They tehn employ a historical perspective to explain why and how mental disorders

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Measuring Psychopathology describes the methods by which the signs and symptoms of mental disorder are elicited.
Written for the non-clinical researcher as well as for those with clinical experience, the authors start by considering the question "what is psychopathology?" They tehn employ a historical perspective to explain why and how mental disorders are currently classified, and how the use of an operational approach to diagnosis was adopted. The use of operational crtieria to define psychiatric disorder has facilitated the development of standardised interviewing techniques, questionnaires and rating scales. These tools are all covered in some detail, not only with regard to adults with mental disorders, but also with reference to special and challenging groups such as children and the elderly, and those with a learning disability, substance misuse, or who have a personality disorder.
The strengths and weaknesses of current methodologies are explored and debated as well as the future diagnostic needs for research in the 21st century.
Essential reading for clinicians and non-clinical scientists engaged in research on psychiatric disorders, trainees and junior psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides the theory and relevant methodology behind the assessment and measurement of psychopathology. It further describes how the signs and symptoms we have come to know and use today have been developed and formed into diagnostic categories.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide an applicable, practical, and quick reference tool for the essential understanding of the measurement of psychopathology. The information is brilliantly organized and gives the reader both the methods designed to improve diagnostics and the scales used in both clinical practice and in research. The authors' objectives are worthy, and they successfully provide an excellent, concise tool for the measurement of psychopathology.
Audience: This book is intended for clinicians and nonclinical scientists in psychiatric research, clinical psychologists, psychiatric residents, and psychiatrists. This book will additionally serve as an exceptional teaching tool in upper level graduate classes (e.g. psychometrics and assessment).
Features: This book begins with a strong chapter on the definition of psychopathology, thus laying the groundwork for the subsequent chapters on topics such as defining and classifying disorders, validity, reliability, and utility, diagnostic interviews, and rating scales. Highlights include tables that describe the scales and diagnostic instruments for evaluation of patients. These tables include the authors, type of interview, and time needed to administer. This is extremely helpful as a reference for those in research and in clinical practice. The index and bibliography stand out, and the overall structure of the book makes it a pure pleasure to read and reference.
Assessment: Compared to the other guides available in the mental health field, this book would be my first choice for two reasons. One, it is well-written, and two, it is applicable in research, academia, and in clinical practice. As a researcher and professor of psychology, I am impressed on many levels as I have reviewed similiar books, guides, etc. and have often been let down. I was pleased with this book and have gladly added it to my own personal library.
4 Stars! from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192630803
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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