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Seeing Both Sides: Classic Controversies in Abnormal Psychology / Edition 1
     

Seeing Both Sides: Classic Controversies in Abnormal Psychology / Edition 1

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
 

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ISBN-10: 053425134X

ISBN-13: 9780534251345

Pub. Date: 10/03/1994

Publisher: Cengage Learning

This book of readings by renowned specialists presents the pros and cons of 19 issues that have been persistently controversial in the field of abnormal psychology. Each presentation begins with a thoughtful and engaging introduction by Lilienfeld, followed by two readings that adopt conflicting-and in some cases diametrically opposed-perspectives on the issue

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This book of readings by renowned specialists presents the pros and cons of 19 issues that have been persistently controversial in the field of abnormal psychology. Each presentation begins with a thoughtful and engaging introduction by Lilienfeld, followed by two readings that adopt conflicting-and in some cases diametrically opposed-perspectives on the issue being debated. All the readings were selected because of their relevance to broader issues in abnormal psychology. By exposing readers to a vast sampling of the major controversies in this field, the book helps students understand and appreciate many of the important questions that confront workers in abnormal psychology. It also helps the reader develop the skills required to critically evaluate divergent positions on these and related questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534251345
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
10/03/1994
Series:
Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
8.05(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: CLASSIFICATION AND DIAGNOSIS INTRODUCTION. 1. Is Mental Illness a Myth? 2. Are Mental Health Professionals Incapable of Distinguishing Abnormality from Normality? 3. Was DSM-III an Important Advance? 4. Is the Diagnostic System Biased Against Females? Part II: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY: ITS CHARACTERISTICS AND CAUSES. 5. Does Schizophrenia Have a Substantial Genetic Component? 6. Can Anxiety and Depression Be Meaningfully Differentiated? 7. Does Evidence Support the ''''Disease Model''' of Alcoholism? 8. Is Multiple Personality Disorder a Distinct Syndrome? 9. Is Borderline Personality Disorder a Diagnosis of Questionable Validity? 10. Is Sex Reassignment Surgery Ineffective In Improving The Adjustment of Transsexuals? 11. Is Childhood Depression an Imaginary Entity? Part III: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOMATIC TREATMENTS INTRODUCTION. 12. Is Psychotherapy Effective? 13. Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy an Important Advance Over Behavior Therapy? 14. Can Alcoholics Successfully Achieve Controlled Drinking? 15. Should Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Childhood Hyperactivity) Be Treated with Stimulants? 16. Should Electroconvulsive Therapy Be Used to Treat Depression? Part IV: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES. 17. Should the Insanity Defense Be Maintained? 18. Is Mental Illness Unrelated to Violence? 19. Should Psychiatric Patients Be Hospitalized Against Their Will? Appendix: Additional Controversies in Abnormal Psychology.

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