Self-Help That Works: Resources to Improve Emotional Health and Strengthen Relationships

Overview

Self-help is big business, but alas, not always a scientific one. Self-help books, websites, and movies abound and are important sources of psychological advice for millions of Americans. But how can you sift through them to find the ones that work?

Self-Help That Works is an indispensable guide that enables readers to identify effective self-help materials and distinguish them from those that are potentially misleading or even harmful. Six scientist-practitioners bring careful ...

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Overview

Self-help is big business, but alas, not always a scientific one. Self-help books, websites, and movies abound and are important sources of psychological advice for millions of Americans. But how can you sift through them to find the ones that work?

Self-Help That Works is an indispensable guide that enables readers to identify effective self-help materials and distinguish them from those that are potentially misleading or even harmful. Six scientist-practitioners bring careful research, expertise, and a dozen national studies to the task of choosing and recommending self-help resources.

Designed for both laypersons and mental-health professionals, this book critically reviews multiple types of self-help resources, from books and autobiographies to films, online programs, support groups, and websites, for 41 different behavioral disorders and life challenges. The revised edition of this award-winning book now features online self-help resources, expanded content, and new chapters focusing on autism, bullying, chronic pain, GLB issues, happiness, and nonchemical addictions. Each chapter updates the self-help resources launched since the previous edition and expands the material. The final chapters provide key strategies for consumers evaluating self-help as well as for professionals integrating self-help into treatment.

All told, this updated edition of Self-Help that Works evaluates more than 2,000 self-help resources and brings together the collective wisdom of nearly 5,000 mental health professionals. Whether seeking self-help for yourself, loved ones, or patients, this is the go-to, research-based guide with the best advice on what works.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
ACCLAIM FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS

"Using the book is easy and effectiveEL. I recommend this book highly. It is well researched, well documented, and exhaustive in scale." — Psychotherapy

"A very useful guide to all clinicians in selecting the kind of educational materials that will speed up their psychotherapy." — Aaron T. Beck, MD

"The Best Self-Help Books - General Resources." — Psychology Today

"This updated volume - well-researched, authoritative, and user-friendly - offers answers for the critically minded. This is an invaluable reference for clinicians, graduate students, and consumers. Kudos to the authors for providing a valuable revision that should be added to every psychotherapist's toolbox." — Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

"Helpful for suggestions on what books, movies, and Websites to recommend to their patients. Librarians can use (it) for buying suggestions and for patron questions. Its inexpensive price and valuable subject make it a must purchase for most libraries." — American Reference Books Annual

"A monumentally comprehensive resource of great practical value to mental health professionals, their clients, and other interested readers. It remains the standard against which books and web sites will be judged." — Robert F. Alberti, PhD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199915156
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/29/2013
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 712,865
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist in a part-time practice.

Linda F. Campbell, PhD, is a professor and director of the training clinic in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia.

John M. Grohol, PsyD, is an expert in online psychology, a researcher, and CEO and founder of a leading mental health network online, PsychCentral.com.

John W. Santrock, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Florin Selagea, MS, is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia.

Robert Sommer, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Self-Help in Mental Health

2. Abuse
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

3. Addictions
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

4. Adult Development
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources

5. Aging
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

6. Anger
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources
Support Groups

7. Anxiety Disorders
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

8. Assertiveness
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources

9. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

10. Autism and Asperger's
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

11. Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depression)
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

12. Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources

13. Bullying
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources

14. Career Development
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources

15. Child Development and Parenting
Self-Help Books
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

16. Chronic Pain
Self-Help Books
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

17. Communication and People Skills
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources

18. Death and Grieving
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

19. Dementia/Alzheimer's
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

20. Depression
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

21. Divorce
Self-Help Books
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

22. Eating Disorders
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

23. Families and Stepfamilies
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

24. Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

25. Happiness
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources

26. Infant Development and Parenting
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources

27. Love and Intimacy
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources

28. Marriage
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

29. Men's Issues
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

30. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

31. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

32. Pregnancy
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

33. Schizophrenia
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

34. Self-Management and Self-Enhancement
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources

35. Sexuality
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources
Support Groups

36. Spiritual and Existential Concerns
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources

37. Stress Management and Relaxation
Self-Help Books
Internet Resources

38. Substance Abuse
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Online Self-Help
Internet Resources
Support Groups

39. Suicide
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

40. Teenagers and Parenting
Self-Help Books
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

41. Violent Youth
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources

42. Women's Issues
Self-Help Books
Autobiographies
Films
Internet Resources
Support Groups

43. For Consumers: Evaluating and Selecting Self-Help Resources

44. For Practitioners: Integrating Self-Help into Treatment

Appendix A. The Twelve National Studies

Appendix B. Ratings of Self-Help Books in the National Studies

Appendix C. Ratings of Autobiographies in the National Studies

Appendix D. Ratings of Films in the National Studies

References
About the Authors
Author and Title Index
Subject Index

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