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Essentials of Abnormal Psychology 7th Edition

V. Mark Durand, David H. Barlow

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  • Previous Editions 2013, 2006, 2003
  • 736 Pages
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Revised to reflect DSM-5, this briefer version of Durand and Barlow's widely taught text fully describes abnormal psychology through the authors' standard-setting integrative approach--the most modern, scientifically valid method for studying the subject. Through this approach, students learn that psychological disorders are rarely caused by a single influence, but rooted in the interaction among multiple factors: biological, psychological, cultural, social, familial, and even political. A conversational writing style, consistent pedagogy, and real case profiles--95 percent from the authors' own case files--provide a realistic context for the scientific findings of the book. In addition, these features ensure that readers never lose sight of the fact that real people are behind the DSM-5 criteria, the theories, and the research.

V. Mark Durand, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received over $4 million in federal funding to study the behavior problems in children with disabilities. Previously he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University at Albany, including founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (all in psychology) at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook. Dr. Durand received the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Albany in 1991, and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2007. Currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America, he is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and has written 10 books as well as over 100 publications on functional communication, educational programming, and behavior therapy. Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is used worldwide. Most recently he developed an innovative approach (Optimistic Parenting) to help families work with their challenging children. He was named a 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellow and received the 2015 Jacobson Award for Critical Thinking from the American Psychological Association for his body of work in the field of autism spectrum disorder.

David H. Barlow, Boston University

David H. Barlow is an internationally recognized expert and leader in clinical psychology, having pioneered many treatments and investigations in anxiety and mood disorders. Currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at Boston University, Dr. Barlow is also founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, one of the largest research clinics of its kind in the world. Previously, he was Distinguished Professor at State University of New York at Albany. From 1975 to 1979, he was Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Brown University, where he also founded the clinical psychology internship program. From 1969 to 1975, he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he founded the Medical School psychology residency program. Dr. Barlow received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. from Boston College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Psychological Association as well as the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, which honors individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research.
  • All chapters are now fully consistent with the DSM-5.
  • "Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor-Related, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders" (Chapter 4); "Mood Disorders and Suicide" (Chapter 6); "Physical Disorders and Health Psychology" (Chapter 7); "Eating and Sleep–Wake Disorders" (Chapter 8); "Substance-Related, Addictive, and Impulse-Control Disorders" (Chapter 10); "Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders" (Chapter 12); and "Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders" (Chapter 13) have been the most heavily revised to reflect new research.
  • A new feature, DSM Controversies, presents some of the contentious and thorny decisions made in the process of creating DSM-5. Examples include the creation of new and sometimes controversial disorders appearing for the first time in DSM-5, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, binge eating disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
  • Chapter 4, now titled "Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor-Related, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders," has been reorganized according to the three major groups of disorders that are reflected in the new title.
  • The grouping of disorders in Chapter 5, now titled "Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders," reflects a major overarching change in DSM-V, specifically for somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, and psychological factors affecting medical conditions.
  • Chapter 6, "Mood Disorders and Suicide," is fully consistent with DSM-5 and now includes a full description of mood disorders new to DSM-5.
  • Chapter 11, "Personality Disorders," features a completely new section on gender differences to reflect newer, more sophisticated analyses of prevalence data. The chapter also includes a new section on criminality and revised material on antisocial personality disorder to reflect changes in DSM-5.
  • Chapter 12, "Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders," presents a new discussion of schizophrenia spectrum disorder and the dropping of subtypes of schizophrenia from DSM-5.
  • Chapter 13 now discusses "Neurodevelopmental Disorders" instead of "Pervasive Developmental Disorders" to align with major changes in DSM-5.
  • Well known in their field, the authors bring sophisticated research and clinical experience--including the most recent developments--to every chapter of this text.
  • Discussing Diversity, a box in every chapter, augments coverage of cultural and gender factors and differences as they relate to the expression of disorders. Topics include cultural differences in menopause, suicide, and self-injury; and gender and cultural differences in alcohol and drug use.
  • Case studies featuring real clients, mostly from the authors' own clinical experience, are incorporated throughout the book, providing a realistic context for the scientific research. These case studies ensure that students never lose sight of the fact that beyond the DSM-5 criteria, the theories, and the research, there are the people struggling with these disorders--and that abnormal psychology is about "us" rather than "them."
  • The authors' pioneering approach offers an integrative, multidimensional perspective, unlike texts that take a single-cause, single-treatment approach. Major psychological disorders are covered in 10 chapters, each discussing three broad categories: clinical descriptions, causal factors, and treatment and outcomes. Attention is also paid to case studies, DSM-5 criteria, and the general course or pattern for the disorder as a whole. Frequently, a single case is carried throughout the discussion of each disorder.
  • Substantial, cutting-edge coverage of prevention includes a variety of topics that pique students' interest; for example, how to prevent eating disorders, sleep disorders, substance abuse and dependence, suicide, antisocial disorders in children, and more.
  • A Concept Check following every major section provides students with several opportunities to assess their progress (answers are at the end of the chapter). In addition, a one-page Chapter Quiz ends every chapter, providing a practice exam of key chapter content and serving as a mini-study guide.
  • A colorful two-page visual overview at the end of each disorder chapter summarizes the causes, development, symptoms, and treatment of each disorder covered in the chapter. A helpful study tool, the overviews also show relevant interactions among various factors to reinforce the integrative approach.
1. Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context.
2. An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology.
3. Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research in Psychopathology.
4. Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor-Related, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
5. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders.
6. Mood Disorders and Suicide.
7. Physical Disorders and Health Psychology.
8. Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders.
9. Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria.
10. Substance-Related, Addictive, and Impulse-Control Disorders.
11. Personality Disorders.
12. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders.
13. Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders.
14. Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues.
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"The information in each chapter starts from the disorder and explains it very effectively. Then it goes on to incorporate case examples as well as the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Few books present this material in such a detailed fashion. It further presents research information, statistical facts, medications, and side effects for the particular diagnosis. Treatment information and the client/ therapist interaction are also included."

"It is one of the most effective and accessible presentations of the scientific evidence related to psychopathology in the textbook market."

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