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Understanding Abnormal Child Psychology, 3rd Edition

January 2014, ©2014
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Understanding Abnormal Child Psychology, 3rd edition, emphasizes developmental psychopathology as a means for understanding and treating abnormal behavior in children. The text emphasizes strengths and healthy outcomes as a means for designing effective therapies to help children and families, as well as focusing on prevention as a cornerstone of managing child behavior. Throughout this book, special attention is given to issues of diversity, inclusion, and understanding. The text also examines the relationships between children and parents as well as with other primary figures within families (i.e., siblings, step-parents, care-taking grandparents, foster parents, etc.). The 3rd edition has been updated to include DSM-5.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Conceptualizations of Normality and Abnormality in Children and Adolescents

Chapter 2 Theories of Normality and Abnormality in Children and Adolescents

Chapter 3 Research Methods in the Study of Developmental Psychopathology

Chapter 4 Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions with Children, Adolescents, and Families

Chapter 5 Risk Factors and Issues of Prevention

Chapter 6 Protective Factors and Issues of Prevention

Chapter 7 Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, and Related Problems

Chapter 8 Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Trauma- and Stressor- Related Disorders and Problems

Chapter 9 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Related Problems

Chapter 10 Disruptive and Conduct Disorders and Related Problems

Chapter 11 Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence

Chapter 12 Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Schizophrenia

Chapter 13 Learning Disorders and Mental Retardation

Chapter 14 Pediatric Psychology and Health Psychology for Children and Adolescents

Chapter 15 How You Can Help Children

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Author Information

Vicky Phares is currently the Area Director of the Clinical Psychology department at the university of South Florida. Dr. Phares received her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Highlighted sections help students to see the commonalities and differences of abnormal child behavior within a cross-cultural and international context.
  • Case studies and stories about children, adolescents, and families  throughout apply the scholarly literature to real life.
  • Readings and films suggestions at the end of each chapter for first-hand accounts of abnormal child psychology.
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Understanding Abnormal Child Psychology, 3rd Edition
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January 2014, ©2013
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