Abnormal Psychology: The Problem of Maladaptive Behavior

ISBN: 0130918490
ISBN 13: 9780130918499
By: Irwin G. Sarason Barbara R. Sarason

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For introductory undergraduate courses in Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behavior, and Psychopathology. This classic textbook builds on the strengths of existing theoretical systems and clinical methods to provide students with a comprehensive and up-to-date real-world overview of the field of abnormal psychology. It focuses on maladaptive behavior as a product of the interaction between personal vulnerabilities and resiliencies. *NEW-Epidemiology of mental disorders. *Provides students with an expanded discussion of risk factors that relate to reported advances. *NEW-Revised, updated and expanded treatment of topics of current interest-e.g. Eating disorders, pain disorders and sleep disorders and biological factors in maladaptation and its treatment. *Provides students with most current findings on topics. *NEW-Examples and discussions of culture and ethnicity-E.g. the roles they play in clinical problems and how they are treated. *Shows students the need for cultural/ethnic awareness on the part of the clinician. *NEW-Examples of diagnostic dilemmas. *Familiarizes students with situations that clinicians must confront so that they can see how they arrive at solutions. *NEW-Brain-e

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Abnormal psychology concerns conditions known as mental disorders. In the first chapter, Sarason and Sarason review some historical background in diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders from ancient Greece to the modern era. In the following 2 chapters the authors discuss 7 different perspective in abnormal psychology, and the rest of the book is devoted to classification, epidemiology and treatment of mental disorders as defined by "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-IV-TR).A well-written and very informative book, but unfortunately it has some irritating mistakes especially at parts the authors discuss about biological perspective.

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