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Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior 3rd Edition

David Sue | Derald Wing Sue | Diane M. Sue

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ESSENTIALS OF UNDERSTANDING ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR, 3rd Edition, offers a multidimensional focus and topical coverage in a condensed format. Updated to reflect DSM-5 and recent research, this resource introduces and integrates the Multipath Model of Mental Disorders to explain how biological, psychological, social, and sociocultural factors interact to cause mental disorders. A focus on resilience highlights prevention and recovery. There is also continued emphasis on the multicultural, sociocultural, and diversity aspects of abnormal psychology. The authors connect topics to real-world case studies, current events, and issues of and relevance to college students.

David Sue, Western Washington University

David Sue is professor emeritus of psychology at Western Washington University, where he is an associate of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research. He has served as the director of the Psychology Counseling Clinic and the Mental Health Counseling Program. He and his wife co-authored the book COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY and he is co-author of COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE: THEORY AND PRACTICE. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University. His research interests revolve around multicultural issues in individual and group counseling.

Derald Wing Sue, Teacher’s College, Columbia College

Derald Wing Sue is professor of psychology and education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has written extensively in the field of counseling psychology and multicultural counseling/therapy and is co-author of a bestselling book, COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE: THEORY AND PRACTICE. Dr. Sue has served as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and has received numerous awards for teaching and service. He received his doctorate from the University of Oregon.

Diane M. Sue, Private Practice

Diane M. Sue received her School Psychology and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has worked as a school psychologist and counselor, as well as with adults needing specialized care for mental illness and neurocognitive disorders. She taught courses at Western Washington University as an adjunct faculty member. She received the Washington State School Psychologist of the Year Award, the Western Washington University College of Education Professional Excellence Award and co-authored the book COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY. Her areas of expertise include child and adolescent psychology, neuropsychology, and interventions with ethnic minority children and adolescents.

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  • Case studies, current controversies, and up-to-date research findings make issues of mental health and mental disorders "come to life" for students. The latest scholarly research is incorporated throughout the text to reflect recent breakthroughs in the etiology and treatment of mental disorders.
  • "Focus on Resilience" features integrate contributions from the field of positive psychology and highlight key information relevant to both prevention and recovery from the symptoms associated with various disorders.
  • Learning features include "Controversy" boxes that engage students in examining key issues; "Myth versus Reality" discussions that challenge the many false beliefs that surround the field of abnormal behavior; "Did You Know?" boxes with fascinating, at-a-glance research-based tidbits; and "Focus Questions," "Checkpoint Reviews," and chapter summaries to aid students in reviewing concepts, gauging their understanding, and preparing for tests.
  • The Multipath Model of Mental Disorders provides students with an organizational framework for understanding the numerous causes of mental disorders (biological, psychological, social, and sociocultural), the complexity of their interacting components, and the need to view disorders from a holistic perspective.
  • The authors emphasize the multicultural, sociocultural, and diversity aspects of abnormal psychology, presenting the content with a writing style and visuals designed to engage readers of all levels.

Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior


1. Abnormal Behavior.
2. Models of Abnormal Behavior.
3. Clinical Research, Assessment, and Classification of Abnormal Behavior.
4. Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
5. Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders.
6. Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders.
7. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders.
8. Suicide.
9. Eating Disorders.
10. Substance-Related and Other Addictive Disorders.
11. Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.
12. Neurocognitive Disorders.
13. Sexual Dysfunctions, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders.
14. Personality Psychopathology.
15. Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence.
16. Law and Ethics in Abnormal Psychology.

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