Abnormal Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach eBook (4e) : 9780134636368

Abnormal Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach eBook (4e)

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For courses in Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology: A Scientist–Practitioner Approach portrays the human face of various psychological conditions, helping students to understand that abnormal behavior is complex and subject to many different forces. Authors Deborah Beidel, Cynthia Bulik, and Melinda Stanley — all active researchers, clinicians, and educators — bring abnormal psychology to life via a scientist–practitioner approach that integrates biological data with research from the social and behavioral sciences. The Fourth Edition offers expanded coverage of disorders emphasised in the DSM-5, as well as discussions of contemporary issues that foster student interest.

Table of contents
  • 1. Abnormal Psychology: Historical and Modern Perspectives
  • 2. Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology
  • 3. Assessment and Diagnosis
  • 4. Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • 5. Obsessive-Compulsive and Impulse Control Disorders
  • 6. Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders
  • 7. Bipolar and Depressive Disorders
  • 8. Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • 9. Gender Dysphoria, Sexual Dysfunctions, and Paraphilic Disorders
  • 10. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
  • 11. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • 12. Personality Disorders
  • 13. Neurodevelopmental, Disruptive, Conduct, and Elimination Disorders
  • 14. Aging and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • 15. Abnormal Psychology: Legal and Ethical Issues
Features & benefits
The authors’ scientist–practitioner approach helps students understand how theory and practice blend
  • Chapter-opening clinical vignettes introduce and illustrate the topic of the chapter, bringing the subject matter to life. Though these descriptions are not extensive case studies, they serve to help the reader get a global “feel” for each disorder. Additionally, short case vignettes found throughout the text illustrate specific clinical elements.
  • Real Science, Real Life case studies at the conclusion of each chapter offer a clinical presentation, assessment, and treatment of a patient with a particular disorder, drawn from the authors’ own clinical files. These case studies demonstrate how the clinician considers biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural factors to understand the patient’s clinical presentation. The authors also describe the treatment program and outcome, highlighting how all of the factors are addressed in treatment. Through these concise cases, students can view firsthand the scientist–practitioner approach to abnormal behaviour.
  • Ethics and Responsibility features illustrate how psychologists consider the impact of their behaviour on those with whom they work and on society in general. This feature is designed to generate class discussion and impress on students the impact of one’s behavior upon others.
  • Dimensions of Behavior: From Adaptive to Maladaptive features illustrate the dimensionality of human emotions (such as elation or mania). These features emphasize that psychological disorders are not simply dictated by the presence of emotions or specific behaviors, but by whether the emotions or behaviors create distress or impair daily functioning.
  • Examining the Evidence features present a current controversy related to one of the disorders in the chapter. To emphasize the scientist–practitioner focus, the authors present both sides of the issue and lead students through the data, allowing them to draw their own conclusions. By considering both sides of these hot-button issues, students will become savvy consumers of scientific literature.
  • Research Hot Topic features present topical, leading-edge research near the time of publication. By focusing on contemporary research developments, these features illustrate how science informs our understanding of human behavior in a manner that is engaging to students.
  • Real People, Real Disorders features discuss popular figures who have suffered from a condition discussed in the chapter. By presenting well-known people who suffer from psychological disorders, the authors humanise these conditions and allow students to connect with the material on an emotional as well as an intellectual level.
  • Where relevant throughout the text, the authors discuss the current literature regarding the effect of sex, race, or ethnicity on a disorder’s clinical presentation, etiology, and treatment.
  • Learning objective summaries provide quick reviews at the end of chapter sections, allowing students to be sure that they have mastered the material before proceeding to the next section.
  • Critical thinking questions at the end of each module can be used to challenge students to think “outside the box” and critically examine the material presented within that section.
New and updated content ensures a contemporary learning experience
  • Obsessive–compulsive and impulse control disorders are covered in detail via a wholly new chapter. The new Chapter 5 provides in-depth coverage of attention disorders characterized by repetitive behaviors, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), OC related disorders (trichotillomania, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, excoriation disorder), and impulse control disorders (pyromania, kleptomania).
  • The Fourth Edition offers expanded coverage of disorders emphasised in the DSM-5, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, binge-eating disorder, illness anxiety disorder, gender dysphoria, autism spectrum disorder, substance use disorder, and others.
  • Fresh and updated content throughout the Fourth Edition engages students by ensuring that the issues and examples presented are contemporary. Updated content extends to the topics of engaging features such as Real People, Real Disorders, Examining the Evidence, Research Hot Topic, and Real Science, Real Life.
  • Hundreds of new research citations throughout reflect the ever-advancing field of abnormal psychology.

Author biography

Deborah C. Beidel received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, completing her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. At the University of Central Florida, she is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, Associate Chair for Research, and the Director of UCF RESTORES, a clinical research centre dedicated to the study of anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorders through research, treatment and education. Previously, she was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Maryland—College Park, and Penn State College of Medicine-Hershey Medical Center. Currently, she holds American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychopathological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Cynthia M. Bulik is the Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and Co-Director of the UNC Center for Psychiatric Genomics. She is also Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where she directs the Center for Eating Disorders Innovation. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders since 1982. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Melinda A. Stanley is Professor and Head of the Division of Psychology in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She holds the McIngvale Family Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research and a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Stanley is a clinical psychologist and senior mental health services researcher within the Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, and an affiliate investigator for the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

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