Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior: Pearson New International Edition (9e) : 9781292027951

Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior: Pearson New International Edition (9e)

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Contemporary Cases for Students

Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior brings the field of abnormal psychology to life with its rare combination of readability, humor, and strong scholarship.

This rich collection of case studies integrates contemporary and recognizable classic cases to illustrate a wide range of clinical and legal issues. To enable students to more fully understand the nature of the disorder, each case contains the full background material relevant to etiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations. Significant family and social history data are also presented in order to give students a clear picture of how specific behavior patterns were generated and maintained.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Improve Critical Thinking — Quotes and anecdotes stimulate critical thinking and can be used by instructors to jumpstart classroom discussion.
  • Engage Students — A wide range of highly recognizable and interesting case studies help students see the real-life relevance of psychological disorders.
  • Explore Research — The most up-to-date DSM-IV-TR materials are incorporated into the text; all major DSM disorders are covered.
Table of contents
Introduction and Major Historical Developments

Chapter 1: Concepts of Abnormality
The DSMs
Rates of Mental Disorders
A Presumably Normal Person Potentially Viewed as Pathological

Chapter 2: Theories and Techniques
Multiple Theoretical Views on Moderate Anxiety, Depression, and Simple Phobias
The Various Mental Health Professionals
An Overall Perspective on Treatment Change

Chapter 3: The Anxiety Disorders
The Three Little Boys: Hans, Albert, and Peter
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 4: The Dissociative and Sleep Disorders
Multiple Personality Disorder
Sleep Disorders

Chapter 5: The Somatoform Disorders
Somatoform Disorders Subcategories
Pain Disorder

Chapter 6: The Schizophrenic and Delusional (or Paranoid) Disorders
Undifferentiated Schizophrenia
Paranoid Schizophrenia

Chapter 7: The Affective (or Mood) Disorders and Suicide
Major Depressive Disorder Associated with a Suicide Attempt
Post-Partum Depression
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Psychosis)

Chapter 8: The Psychosexual Disorders
Sexual Addiction
Megan’s Law
Sexual Predator Legislation
Gender Identity Disorder
Sexual Dysfunctions (Impotence)
Female Psychosexual Dysfunction

Chapter 9: The Substance Use Disorders
Alcohol Dependence and Abuse
Prescription Drug Abuse
Polysubstance Dependence
Nicotine Dependence

Chapter 10: The Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa

Chapter 11: The Personality Disorders
Personality Types and Their Potential Disorders
The Histrionic Personality Disorder
The Antisocial Personality Disorder
The Schizoid Personality Disorder
Malignant Narcissism

Chapter 12: Disorders of Impulse Control
Pathological Gambling

Chapter 13: Disorders with Violence
Causes of Violence
The Serial Killer
The Death Penalty
Family Violence: Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children and Spouse Abuse

Chapter 14: Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Development Language Disorder
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Autistic Disorder
Separation Anxiety Disorder Associated with School Refusal
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
School Violence
Identity Development Crisis or Disorder

Chapter 15: Organic Mental Disorders and Mental Retardation
Recovery of Functions Following Removal of Dominant Brain Hemisphere
Parkinson’s Disease and Pseudo-Parkinson’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Mental Retardation

Chapter 16: Legal Issues and Psychological Practice
Malingering, Factitious Disorder, or True Disorder?
Criminal Responsibility, Competency to Stand Trial, and Dangerousness, and a Case of Borderline Personality Disorder

Chapter 17: Postscript: Positive Mental Health

Features & benefits


  • The classification of abnormal behavior is changing. Revisions are in the works for the official method for classifying psychological disorders, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM. The fifth version of this classification system or DSM-V is scheduled to be released in the coming years. This book covers all the current major DSM disorders and incorporates changes from DSM-TR-IV as well as recently published material and recent cases.
  • The text includes a rich collection of case studies that integrates contemporary and recognizable classic cases to illustrate a wide range of clinical and legal issues. Historically important cases are also incorporated to provide historical background of the field in an applied manner.


  • Liberal use of quotes and anecdotes stimulates critical thinking and provides many points for class discussion.
  • Writing resources on MySearchLab - Step by step tutorials present complete overviews of the research and writing process.
  • Research and Citing Sources on MySearchLab - Instructors and students receive access to the EBSCO ContentSelect database, census data from Social Explorer, Associated Press news feeds, and the Pearson bookshelf. Pearson SourceCheck helps students and instructors monitor originality and avoid plagiarism.


  • Highly recognizable and interesting cases such as Princess Diana, Seung-Hui Cho, Brooke Shields, Christina Ricci, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Muhammed Ali, and Elvis Presley make the book accessible and interesting for students and demonstrate the real-life relevance of psychological disorders.
    Numerous new cases – Brooke Shields (Post-Partum Depression); Seung-Hui Cho (School Shooters); Marilyn Monroe (Female Psychosexual Dysfunction); Muhammed Ali (Pseudo-Parkinson’s Disease); Christina Ricci (Anorexia Nervosa); Alfred Kinsey (Sexual Deviation); Albert Einstein (possible Dyslexia/Learning Disorder)
  • Increased material reflecting cultural diversity


  • Historically important cases such as Anna O., Daniel Paul Schreber, Sigmund Freud (nicotine addiction), Erik Erikson (Identity Disorder), and Little Hans, Albert, and Peter provide historical background of the field in an applied manner.
  • The inclusion of cases with a legal-forensic focus such as Cho, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Unabomber, John Hinckley, and Ted Bundy provide background in the high-interest intersection of psychology and law, forensic psychology, or criminal psychology.
  • The book covers all the major DSM disorders and incorporates changes from DSM-TR-IV as well as recently published material and recent cases.
  • A chapter on Positive Mental Health—not found in most other texts in this area—offers a good counterpart to the surrounding disorder-specific chapters.