Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice

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Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice is a comprehensive overview of schizophrenia and its treatment from a variety of approaches. The book presents a balanced look at the most influential theoretical perspectives based on empirical research, clinical descriptions, and narrative histories. Dr. Glenn Shean, author of Schizophrenia: An Introduction to Research and Theory, examines neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental models of brain dysfunction, psychodynamic and family factors, up-to-date pharmacological advances, and successful community programs for discharged patients suffering from this debilitating disorder. Understanding Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research and Theories presents a comprehensive review of evidence concerning the epidemiology and course and outcome of schizophrenia based on theoretical groupings and levels of analysis. The book examines the evolution of diagnostic criteria and guidelines, as well as stress-vulnerability and diathesis-stress models, providing critical reviews of biological, genetic, cognitive-behavioral, and phenomenological, approach to understanding and treating schizophrenia. Topics addressed in Understanding Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research and Theories include: the history of the concept of schizophrenia the writings of Emil Kraepelin and Eugene Bleuler changes in diagnostic guidelines in the last 50 years General System Theory Perspective diagnostic and statistical manuals Schneider's first rank symptoms and much more! Understanding Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research and Theories is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students working in psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, and social policy.

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a useful new book on schizophrenia. Written and edited by a clinician-researcher in the field, it is a helpful review of the literature for students of this most devastating disorder.
Purpose: The author hopes the book "will help motivate some individuals to become involved in the care and search for improved understanding..." of schizophrenia.
Audience: The intended audience is essentially anyone who works with patients suffering from schizophrenia. It would be useful for residents in psychiatry residency training programs who would need a broad understanding of schizophrenia.
Features: The book's 16 chapters are grouped into six sections including reference and index sections. Section 1 reviews historical concepts, evolving diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, course and outcome, phenomenology and syndromes. Section 2 summarizes the vulnerability-stress models and general systems theory. Section 3 focuses on biological aspects with chapters on genetics, brain systems, and neurochemical theories. Section 4 addresses neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental issues, as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches. Section 5 discusses psychodynamic theories and family issues. The final chapter is on the patient living in the community. The references are relevant and up to date and the index was helpful.
Assessment: This is a good overview of schizophrenia that would benefit trainees in psychiatry. A worthwhile read.

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

Sect. I The Development, Evolution, Epidemiology, and Subsyndromes of Schizophrenia 1
Ch. 1 History of the Concept of Schizophrenia 3
Ch. 2 Evolving Diagnostic Criteria 23
Ch. 3 Epidemiology, Course, and Outcome 39
Ch. 4 Language, Thought, and Syndromes of Schizophrenia 57
Sect. II Integrative Models and Levels of Analysis 77
Ch. 5 Vulnerability-Stress Models 79
Ch. 6 Epistemology, General Systems Theory, and Schizophrenia 93
Sect. III Biological Perspectives 99
Ch. 7 Genetics and Schizophrenia 101
Ch. 8 Neurobiological Models and Research 123
Ch. 9 Antipsychotic Medications and Neurochemical Theories 139
Sect. IV Cognitive-Behavioral, Neurocognitive, and Neurodevelopmental Research 153
Ch. 10 Neurocognitive and Neurodevelopmental Research 155
Ch. 11 Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches and Therapies 165
Sect. V Psychodynamic, Phenomenological, and Family-Based Theories 197
Ch. 12 Psychodynamic Theories: The Role of Early Experience 199
Ch. 13 Phenomenology and Schizophrenia 233
Ch. 14 Schizophrenia and the Family 243
Sect. VI Life in the Community 265
Ch. 15 Schizophrenia and Life in the Community 267
Ch. 16 Conclusion 287
References 293
Index 329
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