Abnormal Psychology

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-02-13
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
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An award-winning teacher, accomplished researcher, and experienced therapist, Ron Comer knows how to communicate the complexities of the abnormal psychology, to speak to the concerns of students, and to portray the real human impact of psychological disorders.

With its signature integrated coverage of theory, diagnosis, and treatment, and remarkably inclusive cross-cultural perspective, this new edition of Comer’s widely adopted textbook shows students where the study and treatment of psychological disorders stand today. In addition to a thorough updating, the new edition employs some extraordinary interactive tools to bring students face to face with the realities of psychological dysfunction, organized for easy access and assignability in LaunchPad, Worth Publishers’ breakthrough online course space. What's in the LaunchPad

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 Philadelphian—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 Research in Abnormal Psychology

3 Models of Abnormality

4 Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Problems of Anxiety and Mood

5. Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders

6. Disorders of Trauma and Stress

7. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

8. Treatments for Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

9. Suicide

Problems of the Mind and Body

10. Disorders Featuring Somatic Symptoms

11. Eating Disorders

12. Substance Use and Addictive Disorders

13. Disorders of Sex and Gender: Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria

Problems of Psychosis and the Cognitive Function

14. Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

15. Treatments for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Life-Span Problems

16. Personality Disorders

17. Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

18. Disorders of Aging and Cognition


19. Law, Society, and the Mental Health Profession

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