Abnormal Psychology, Global Edition (8e) : 9781292019635

Abnormal Psychology, Global Edition (8e)

Oltmanns, Thomas et al
Published by
Pearson Higher Ed USA
In stock
Title type
Title type
Abnormal Psychology, 8/e brings both the science and personal aspects of abnormal psychology to life with a focus on evidence-based practice and emerging research. Authors Thomas F. Oltmanns and Robert E. Emery present the most cutting edge information on abnormal psychology by covering methods and treatment in context. Organized around the way students learn, this title helps readers understand the biological, psychological, and social perspectives of abnormal psychology. 

The 8th edition has been updated to include DSM-5 information throughout. The authors have integrated DSM-5 into the fabric of every chapter in a thorough, critical way, helping readers think critically about these changes and discuss the pros and cons of the DSM diagnostic systems. 

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1:   Examples and Definitions of Abnormal Behavior
  • Chapter 2:   Causes of Abnormal Behavior
  • Chapter 3:   Treatment of Psychological Disorders Classification and Assessment of  Abnormal Behavior
  • Chapter 4:   Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior
  • Chapter 5:   Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Chapter 6:   Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Chapter 7:   Acute and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, Dissociative Disorders,  and Somatic Symptom Disorders
  • Chapter 8:   Stress and Physical Health
  • Chapter 9:   Personality Disorders
  • Chapter 10:   Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 11:   Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
  • Chapter 12:   Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender  Dysphoria
  • Chapter 13:   Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Chapter 14:   Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Chapter 15:   Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Chapter 16:   Psychological Disorders of Childhood
  • Chapter 17:   Adjustment Disorders and Life-cycle Transitions
  • Chapter 18:   Mental Health and the Law
New to this edition

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes


Chapter 1:

  • Updated discussion regarding the general definition of mental disorders, as employed in DSM-5, and new estimates regarding the number of mental health professionals delivering services

Chapter 2:  

  • Enhanced coverage of gene–environment interactions (including “orchids” versus “dandelions”) and failures to replicate the effects of specific genes

Chapter 3:

  • New evidence on what makes placebos “work,” on disseminating evidenced-based treatments, and  3rd wave” CBT

Chapter 4:

  • Revised discussion of the reliability of diagnosis, based on new evidence from the DSM-5 field trials

Chapter 5:

  • New mention of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (a category added to DSM-5), and new discussion of  evidence regarding the increase in military suicides, which have received considerable attention in the popular media

Chapter 6:

  • Addition of material on hoarding disorder (another new diagnostic category added to DSM-5) and expanded coverage of the diagnostic features and prevalence of obsessive-compulsive symptoms and spectrum disorders, which are now listed separately from anxiety disorders in DSM-5

Chapter 7:

  • Further consideration of resilience in response to trauma, questions about secondary trauma, and new questions about somatoform and dissociative disorders

Chapter 8:

  • New research on cultural differences in social support, religion, and coping, and the daily experience of pain

Chapter 9:

  • Careful explanation of the two approaches to classification of personality disorders that are now  included in DSM-5as well as the similarities and distinctions between them

Chapter 10:  

  • Questions and new information about binge eating disorder and obesity; latest evidence on redefining, treating (the Maudsley method), and preventing eating disorders; up-to-date consideration of women’s portrayal in the media

Chapter 11:

  • New evidence regarding the frequency of overdose deaths attributed to opioid pain-killers, which has increased dramatically in recent years as well as expanded coverage of gambling disorder, which is now listed with Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders in DSM-5

Chapter 12:

  • Discussion of the revised approach to the definition and classification of paraphilic disorders

Chapter 13:

  • Careful consideration of the proposed diagnostic construct “Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome,”  including its potential benefits as well as likely negative consequences

Chapter 14:

  • Explanation of the change to neurocognitive disorders as the overall diagnostic term for this chapter as well as the deletion of the term amnestic disorder

Chapter 15:

  • More questions about the autism spectrum, the so-called epidemic of autism, and estimates of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder

Chapter 16:

  • Questions about the DSM-5’s elimination of childhood disorders; updated discussion of adolescent depression, antidepressants, suicide risk; careful consideration of the new diagnosis and the issues behind it, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder

Chapter 17:

  • Further consideration of “relational diagnoses,” complicated grief, and psychological pain 

Chapter 18:

  • Discussion of how diagnostic thresholds are a matter of life and death in the case of intellectual disabilities; new material on advanced psychiatric directives



Features & benefits
  • Improves Critical Thinking - The new feature Thinking Critically About DSM-5, in each chapter, encourages students to think deeply about the pros and cons of the diagnostic system. Critical Thinking Matters sections focus on both the research and treatments within abnormal psychology and encourage readers to be “inquiring skeptics.”
  • Engages Students Case Studies take the reader along the human journey of abnormal psychology by helping students to think more deeply about psychological disorders. In extended cases near the beginning of each chapter, in briefer cases later, and in first-person accounts throughout, the student sees how ordinary lives are disrupted by psychological problems—and how effective treatment can rebuild shattered lives.
  • Explores Research - Research has been updated throughout, including controversies about depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Research Methods sections in every chapter allow for a more detailed coverage of research methods by making the material more manageable, focused, and relevant to chapter content.
  • Relates to the Real World - The video series Speaking Out: Interviews with People Who Struggle with Psychological Disorders give students a window into the lives of people who struggle with various kinds of mental disorders.