Abnormal Psychology (4th Edition)
Balancing biological, psychological, social and cultural approaches, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY successfully blends sophisticated research (including new prevention coverage) with the most widely recognized method of discussing psychopathology. Going beyond simply describing different schools of thought on psychological disorders, the authors explore...
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Balancing biological, psychological, social and cultural approaches, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY successfully blends sophisticated research (including new prevention coverage) with the most widely recognized method of discussing psychopathology. Going beyond simply describing different schools of thought on psychological disorders, the authors explore the interactions of the various forces that contribute to psychopathology. A conversational writing style, consistent pedagogical elements, integrated case studies (95 percent from authors' own files), video clips of clients (on the free accompanying Abnormal Psychology Live CD-ROM), and additional study tools make this text the most complete learning resource available.
"The books? organization reflects and helpful, cumulative approach to learning. The disorders proceed from the most common and easily understood (anxiety disorder) to the more complex (schizophrenia and Axis II disorders). In addition, the book introduces early and in simple terms, concepts that are often difficult for students, then elaborates on those concepts with increasing greater detail and complexity as the book progresses. Its treatment of physiological contributes to psychopathology is particularly illustrative of this approach." "Not only are the logical, sequential organization of the book and its balanced content pedagogically beneficial, but is compassionate approach also appeals to the empathy and interest of readers from its opening paragraph: Today you may have gotten out of bed, had breakfast, gone to class, studied, and at the end of the day, enjoyed the company of your friends before dropping off to sleep. It probably did not occur to you that there are many physically healthy people who are note able to do some or any of these things. What they have in common is a psychological disorder (p. 2). By inviting students to imagine the experience of living with a psychological disorder, the authors engage them not only intellectually but also experimentally in their research to understand psychopathology. The opening blood-injury-injection phobia case immediately invites students to think systematically about the boundaries between psychopathology and mental health, and to consider the disorder multi-dimensionally, including the separate and interactive roles of biological, behavioral, social, emotional, and cognitive influences."