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Understanding Abnormal Behavior 11th Edition

David Sue, Derald Wing Sue, Stanley Sue, Diane M. Sue

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2013
  • 720 Pages
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UNDERSTANDING ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR, 11th Edition offers balanced and clear coverage of psychopathology theories, research, and clinical implications. Fully updated to reflect DSM-5 and the newest scientific, psychological, multicultural, and psychiatric research, the text introduces and integrates the Multipath Model of Mental Disorders to explain how four essential factors-biological, psychological, social, and sociocultural-interact to cause mental disorders. A stronger focus on resilience highlights prevention and recovery from the symptoms of various disorders. This edition also continues its emphasis on the multicultural, sociocultural, and diversity aspects of abnormal psychology. The authors present material in a lively and engaging manner, connecting topics to real-world case studies, current events, and issues of particular importance and relevance to college students. Stimulating special features and the fresh design make the text even more approachable and appealing to all students. The book is accompanied by a helpful support package for instructors and 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.

Stanley Sue, University of California, Davis

Stanley Sue is professor of psychology and director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity at Palo Alto University. From 1971 to 1981, he was assistant and associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington; Professor of Psychology, UCLA (1981-1996); and professor of psychology at UC Davis (1996-2010 and now emeritus distinguished professor). Dr. Sue served as the 2010 president of the Western Psychological Association.

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.
  • This edition is thoroughly updated and reorganized to reflect the new DSM-5, as well as the latest trends in research and clinical thinking.
  • Chapter 10 presents updated research on the etiology and treatment of eating disorders and obesity, including a discussion of the influence of hormones and intestinal bacteria.
  • Chapter 11 features updated statistics and figures illustrating the prevalence of substance use and abuse, with a particular focus on alcohol and new topics including the marijuana debate, e-cigarettes, and designer drugs. There's also new material on other addictions, including gambling and Internet gaming disorders.
  • This edition includes updated research on schizophrenia and explanations of the DSM-5 diagnostic categories (Chapter 12); continued focus on neurocognitive disorders across the lifespan, with a strong emphasis on lifestyle changes that can help prevent the development of degenerative disorders such as dementia (Chapter 13); and updated DSM-5 terminology related to sexual dysfunctions and paraphilias (Chapter 14).
  • Chapter 15 has been substantially reorganized to incorporate the ten traditional personality disorders as well as the DSM-5 alternative model for diagnosing personality psychopathology, including a new discussion of the dimensional and categorical assessment associated with the new alternative model.
  • Chapter 16 has been updated and expanded with discussion of neurodevelopmental disorders, childhood anxiety, childhood post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, and tics and Tourette's syndrome.
  • A new Focus on Resilience feature integrates contributions from the field of positive psychology and highlights key information relevant to both prevention and recovery from the symptoms associated with various disorders. This emphasis is particularly important given all of the recent data on neuroplasticity and the changes that are possible with prevention efforts or with evidence-based therapy targeted toward ameliorating the distressing symptoms of many disorders.
  • A new Contemporary Trends and Future Directions discussion at the end of each disorder chapter highlights current trends in the field that are relevant to the chapter's topics.
  • New, engaging case studies, many taken from journal articles and actual clinical files, appear in all disorder chapters. These cases put a human face on the various disorders and issues discussed throughout the book.
  • Expanded discussion of the DSM-5 and controversies regarding the new classification system appear in Chapter 3, while new discussions about trends in research (including evidence-based practice and reducing research bias) are in Chapter 4.
  • Chapter 5 presents expanded discussion of hoarding disorder and of treatment for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, including research trends involving cognitive-behavioral therapies.
  • New or expanded material discusses adjustment disorders, biological factors contributing to stress disorders (Chapter 6), and self-reported medically self-sabotaging behaviors (Chapter 7).
  • Chapter 8 includes new tables outlining symptoms of depressive, hypomanic, or manic episodes and a new figure that illustrates the range of mood symptoms.
  • New discussions regarding suicide prevention, coping with a suicidal crisis, suicide in the military, suicide among baby boomers, suicide in men, psychotherapy for clients with suicidal ideation, and the effects of suicide on friends and family are presented in Chapter 9.
  • The Multi-Path Model of Mental Disorders provides an organizational framework for understanding the four factors (biological, psychological, social, and sociocultural) that interact to cause mental disorders, the complexity of their interacting components, and the need to view disorders from a holistic framework. An Implications section at the end of each chapter synthesizes the implications of the multipath perspective.
  • New and engaging case studies begin and appear throughout each chapter to humanize mental health and mental disorders. Many cases are taken from journal articles and actual clinical files.
  • Streamlined Disorder Charts provide snapshots of disorders in an easy-to-read format.
  • Did You Know? boxes in the margins capture students' interest by providing fascinating highlights of research-based information.
  • Controversy boxes, with critical-thinking questions for students to consider, address contentious issues that have wide implications for society. These boxes evoke alternative views, provoke discussion, and draw students into issues that help them better explore the wider meaning of abnormal behavior.
  • Critical-Thinking boxes provide factual evidence and thought-provoking questions that raise key issues in research, examine widely held assumptions about abnormal behavior, and challenge students' understanding of the text material.
  • Myth vs. Reality discussions challenge and dispel students' preconceived notions about mental health issues. These discussions also illustrate the importance of checking beliefs that appear to be common sense against scientific facts.
  • Chapter-opening outlines and Focus Questions provide a framework that stimulates active learning; with questions in mind, students begin thinking about the concepts they are about to explore.
  • Chapter summaries keyed to the Focus Questions provide students with a concise recap of important concepts, as well as tentative answers to the chapter opener's Focus Questions.
1. Abnormal Behavior.
2. Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders.
3. Assessment and Classification of Mental Disorders.
4. Research Methods for Studying Mental Disorders.
5. Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
6. Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders.
7. Somatic Symptom, Related, and Dissociative Disorders.
8. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders.
9. Suicide.
10. Eating Disorders.
11. Substance-Related and Other Addictive Disorders.
12. Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.
13. Neurocognitive and Sleep-Wake Disorders.
14. Sexual Dysfunctions, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders.
15. Personality Psychopathology.
16. Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence.
17. Law and Ethics in Abnormal Psychology.
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"[This is a] great book with real world examples and great case studies to help students understand the symptoms and definitions of disorders."

"I would recommend it. . . as a comprehensive approach to the study of Abnormal Psych with particular emphasis on its timely and up-to-date presentation."

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