Publisher: Pearson; 15 edition (March 23, 2012)
Every time we work on a revision of Abnormal Psychology we are reminded of how dynamic and vibrant our field is. Developments in areas such as genetics, brain imaging, behavioral observation, and classification, as well changes in social and government policy and in legal decisions, add to our knowledge base and stimulate new treatments for those whose lives are touched by mental disorders.
This is exciting. But the rapid progress of our field also presents its own challenges. One of the most important is how best to provide students with an integrated perspective one that respects new ideas and discoveries and places them into the existing body of knowledge in away that emphasizes multiple perspectives, provokes thought, and increases awareness.
We use a biopsychosocial approach to provide a sophisticated appreciation of the total context in which abnormalities of behavior occur. For ease of understanding we also present material on each disorder in a logical and consistent way. More specifically, we focus on three significant aspects: (1) the clinical picture, where we describe the symptoms of the disorder and its associated features; (2) factors involved in the development of the disorder; and (3) treatment approaches. In each case, we examine the evidence for biological, psycho social (i.e., psychological and interpersonal), and sociocultural (the broader social environment of culture and subcul-
ture) influences. Because we wish never to lose sight of the person, however, we try to integrate as much case material as we can into each chapter.
An additional feature of this book is a focus on treatment. Although treatment is discussed in every chapter in the context of specific disorders, we also include a separate chapter that addresses issues in treatment more broadly. This provides students with increased understanding of a wide range of treatment approaches and permits more in-depth coverage than is possible in specific disorder–based chapters.
The Butcher-Mineka-Hooley author team is in a unique position to provide students with an integrated and comprehensive understanding of abnormal psychology. Each author is a noted re-
searcher, an experienced teacher, and a practicing clinician. Each brings different areas of expertise and diverse research interests to the textbook. Importantly, these different perspectives come together in a systematically integrated text that is accessible to a broad audience.
The depth and breadth of the author team provides students with learning experiences that can take them to new levels of understanding. Our approach emphasizes the importance of research as well as the need to translate research findings into informed and effective clinical care for all who suffer from mental disorders.
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