Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/5/2016
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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The #1 bestselling author of introductory textbooks in abnormal psychology, Ron Comer is remarkably skillful at communicating the scientific foundations, the clinical realities, and the human cost of psychological dysfunction. In this new edition of his brief text, Comer again draws on his experience as an educator, researcher, and practicing therapist to cover the basic concepts of psychopathology in a way that is scientifically sound, widely accessible, and extraordinarily empathetic.

The new edition features Comer’s signature integration of theory, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as his broadly inclusive cross-cultural perspective. In addition to updated coverage throughout, it offers a number of features created under Comer’s supervision that bring fresh, effective new teaching approaches to the text and accompanying media, including infographics (large-scale step by step illustrations of complex concepts), video case studies and activities, and the new online feature, Clinical Choices, which puts students in the role of clinical psychologist. 

Author Biography

Ronald Comer has been a professor in Princeton University’s Department of Psychology for the past 27 years and has served as Director of Clinical Psychology Studies for most of that time. He is also currently the director of the department’s undergraduate program. 

Professor Comer has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the university. His course "Abnormal Psychology" is one of the university’s most popular, and he has offered it almost every year since his arrival at Princeton. He is also a practicing clinical psychologist and serves as a consultant to the Eden Institute for Persons with Autism and to hospitals and family practice residency programs throughout New Jersey. Additionally, he holds an adjunct position as Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition to his abnormal psychology textbooks with Worth Publishers, Professor Comer has also published a number of journal articles in clinical psychology, social psychology, and family medicine. 

Professor Comer was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate student at Clark University. He currently lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, with his wife, Marlene, and their dog, Annie. From there, he can keep an eye on his sons—Greg, a resident of New York, and Jon, currently a Floridian—and on the resurgent Philadelphia sports teams with whom he grew up.

Table of Contents

Abnormal Psychology in Science and Clinical Practice

1. Abnormal Psychology: Past and Present

2. Models of Abnormality

3. Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis , and Treatment

Problems of Anxiety and Mood

4. Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders

5. Disorders of Trauma and Stress

6. Disorders of Mood

7. Suicide

Problems of the Mind and Body

8. Disorders Featuring Somatic Symptoms

9. Eating Disorders

10. Substance Use and Addictive Disorders

11. Disorders of Sex and Gender

Problems of Psychosis and the Cognitive Function

12. Schizophrenia

Life-Span Problems

13. Personality Disorders

14. Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

15. Disorders of Aging and Cognition


16. Law, Society, and the Mental Health Profession

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