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Abnormal Psychology: The Science and Treatment of Psychological Disorders, 14th Edition




Abnormal Psychology: The Science and Treatment of Psychological Disorders, 14th Edition

Ann M. Kring, Sheri L. Johnson

ISBN: 978-1-119-39523-2 December 2017

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Abnormal Psychology: The Science and Treatment of Psychological Disorders consists of a balance and blending of research and clinical application, the use of paradigms as an organizing principle, and involving the learner in the kinds of real-world problem solving engaged in by clinicians and scientists. Students learn that psychopathology is best understood by considering multiple perspectives and that these varying perspectives provide the clearest accounting of the causes of these disorders as well as the best possible treatments.

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     1. Introduction and Historical Overview

     2. Current Paradigms in Psychopathology

     3. Diagnosis and Assessment

     4. Research Methods in Psychopathology

     5. Mood Disorders

     6. Anxiety Disorders

     7. Obsessive-Compulsive-Related and Trauma-Related Disorders

     8. Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders

     9. Schizophrenia

     10. Substance Use Disorders

     11. Eating Disorders

     12. Sexual Disorders

     13. Disorders of Childhood

     14. Late Life and Neurocognitive Disorders

     15. Personality Disorders

     16. Legal and Ethical Issues



     Name Index

     Subject Index

Sharpened Focus: Discarding reviews of now outdated theories that lack solid empirical support, this course focuses on the most exciting and accepted current theories, research, and treatments.

Updated References, Figures, and Clinical Cases: Hundreds (over 800) of updated references are provided. New figures and tables carefully illustrate various concepts, and several new Clinical Cases illustrate the ways in which real people experience psychological disorders.

New Pedagogy: Pedagogy has been added based on feedback from students and professors. New Focus on Discovery boxes showcase cutting-edge research on particular topics, and new and modified Check Your Knowledge questions let students do a quick check to verify they are learning and integrating the material. Drawing on evidence for the importance of generative thinking for learning, many of the questions are now open-ended.

New Photos and Well-Known Faces Illustrate Real-World Examples:
 New photos provide students with additional real-world examples and applications of psychopathology, including examples of some highly successful and well-known people who have come forward to discuss their own psychological disorders.


  • Context, Paradigms, and the DSM-5: Course sections 1-4 place the field in historical context, present the concept of paradigms in science, describe the major paradigms in psychopathology, describe the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), critically discuss its validity and reliability, provide an overview of major approaches and techniques in clinical assessment, and then describe the major research methods of the field. These sections are the foundation on which the later course sections can be interpreted and understood.
  • Disorders and Their Treatment: Specific psychological disorders and their treatment are discussed in course sections 5-15. Throughout the course, three major perspectives or paradigms are discussed: genetic, neuroscience, and cognitive behavioral. The course also emphasizes the importance of factors that are important to all paradigms: emotion, gender, culture, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. A related issue is the use of more than one paradigm in studying psychological disorders. Rather than force an entire field into, for example, a cognitive behavioural paradigm, this course argues from the available information that different problems in psychopathology are amenable to analyses within different frameworks.
  • Culture, Race, and Ethnicity: The course includes considerable material on culture, race, and ethnicity in the study of causes and treatment of psychological disorders. Section 2 includes a separate module that emphasizes the importance of culture, race, and ethnicity in all paradigms. The course points to the important role of culture and ethnicity in the other sections as well. For example, in the Diagnosis and Assessment section (3), cultural bias in assessment and ways to guard against this selectivity in perception is discussed. The course also provides information on culture in anxiety and depression in sections 5-7.