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Real Science. Real Life. Now with DSM5 coverage throughout.


This leading-edge author team, consisting of three active researchers, clinicians, and educators, take a scientist-practitioner approach emphasizing the rich blend of both the science and practice of abnormal psychology throughout the text. The developmental trajectory of each condition is discussed where appropriate and scientific findings with respect to race and gender are incorporated into discussions about each condition. Biological findings are integrated with findings from social and behavioral sciences, highlighting the complexity of abnormal behavior and how it is often influenced by a wide range of variables. The authors encourage students to look at psychological disorders along a continuum and analyze disorders in terms of whether the individual’s behavior creates distress or impairs daily functioning. Importantly, an effort is made to “bring to life” the nature of these conditions by providing vivid clinical descriptions. In addition to short descriptions used liberally throughout each chapter, a fully integrated case study is presented at the end of each chapter, again illustrating the interplay of biological, psychosocial and emotional factors.


The 3rd edition includes coverage of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), with updated text references and examples throughout.


MyPsychLab is an integral part of the Beidel / Bulik / Stanley program. Key learning applications include MyPsychLab video series with new virtual case studies.


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Author Biography

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh . After serving as faculty at the  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic; WPIC), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the University of Maryland, and Penn State College of Medicine, she is now Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Central Florida. She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy's (AABT) New Researcher Award, and the 2007 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s, Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association and a past-president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.  She is a past Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation and the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists. Dr. Beidel has twice been awarded the “Apple for the Teacher Award” from the University of Pittsburgh, an award given by students to faculty considered to be outstanding teachers.  Currently, she serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Her academic, research, and clinical interests focus on child and adult anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology, and behavioral treatment. Her research is characterized by a developmental focus, and includes high risk and longitudinal designs, psychophysiological assessment, treatment outcome, and treatment development.  Dr. Beidel is the author of over 175 publications including journal articles, book chapters, books and edited books.  Her most recent book, Child Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment (authored with Samuel M. Turner, Ph.D., Routledge/Taylor and Francis) was published in summer 2005. Dr. Beidel is the recipient of over 20 years of continuous funding of NIMH grants addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with anxiety disorders. 

In addition to her research, teaching, and training responsibilities, she is a licensed psychologist and an active clinician.


Click here to hear Dr. Beidel discuss the Scientist-Practitioner Model: http://www.4researchers.org/articles/4566


Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D.

            Dr. Cynthia Bulik is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders for the past 22 years.  As illustrated by her curriculum vitae, Dr. Bulik also has substantial expertise in the area of mood disorders.  She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988.  She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. She developed outpatient, daypatient, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. Her research has included treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation.  More recently she has begun to explore innovative means of integrating technology into treatment for eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Bulik has written over 230 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore Pressand Runaway Eating (Rodale).  She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.


Dr. Cynthia Bulik appeared on Good Morning America, March 17, 2009. Interview available on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnJ81QRpaY


Follow Dr. Bulik on Twitter:  @cbulik 


Melinda A. Stanley, Ph.D.

            Dr. Stanley is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine where she also serves as Head of the Division of Psychology. Previously, she was Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she served as Director of Psychology Training for 8 years.  Dr. Stanley received a B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1980, M.A. from Princeton University in 1982, and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1987.  She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1988. Her current primary clinical and research interests focus on the identification and treatment of anxiety and depression in older adults, with an emphasis on service provision in primary care and community settings. Other clinical and research interests include the nature and treatment of generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trichotillomania. Dr. Stanley has received consistent external funding to support her research for over 16 years, and she has published more than 110 scientific articles and chapters. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 12, Clinical Psychology, and she recently served as Associate Editor for Behavior Therapy. She currently serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and she regularly participates in federal grant review panels.

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1: A Cultural Approach to Child Development

Chapter 2: Genetics and Prenatal Development

Chapter 3: Birth and the Newborn Child

Chapter 4: Infancy

Chapter 5: Toddlerhood

Chapter 6: Early Childhood

Chapter 7: Middle Childhood

Chapter 8: Adolescence

Chapter 9: Emerging Adulthood


Chapter 1: A Cultural Approach to Child Development


Humanity Today: A Demographic Profile

Variations Across Countries

Variations Within Countries

The Origins of Human Diversity

Evolution and the Birth of Culture

Human Evolution and Human Development Today

Section 2: theories of Human Development

Classic Theories

Psychodynamic Theories

Behaviorism and Learning Theories

Constructivist Theories

Recent Theories

Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Theory

A Stage Model for This Book

Section 3: How We Study Human Development

The Scientific Study of Human Development

The Five Steps of the Scientific Method

Ethics in Human Development Research

Methods and Designs in Research

Research Methods

Research Designs

Summing Up

CULTURAL FOCUS: Incredible India!

HISTORICAL FOCUS: Ancient Conceptions of Human Development

RESEARCH FOCUS: Darwin’s Diary


Chapter 2: Genetics and Prenatal Development


Genetic Basics

Genotype and Phenotype

The Sex Chromosomes

Genes and Environment in Human Development

Principles of Behavior Genetics

Gene—Environment Interactions: Epigenesis and Reaction Ranges

The Theory of Genotype ® Environment Effects

Genes and Individual Development

Sperm and Egg Formation



Prenatal Development

The Germinal Period (First 2 Weeks)

The Embryonic Period (Weeks 3—8)

The Fetal Period (Week 9—Birth)

Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care in Traditional Cultures

Scientifically Based Prenatal Care



Risks in the Prenatal Period

Chromosomal Disorders

Prenatal Diagnosis

Infertility and Reproductive Technologies

Causes of Infertility

Infertility Treatments

Infertility Worldwide

Summing Up

Cultural Focus: Oskar and Jack: A Story of Genes, Environments, and Cultures

Historical Focus: How Are Babies Made?

RESEARCH FOCUS: The Human Genome Project


Chapter 3: Birth and the Newborn Child

Section 1: Birth and its Cultural Context

The Birth Process

Stages of the Birth Process

Birth Complications

Cultural and Historical Variations in Birth Beliefs and Practices

Variations in Birth Beliefs

Variations in Birth Practices

Variations on Birth in the West

Cultural Variations in Neonatal and Maternal Mortality

Section 2: The Neonate

The Neonate’s Health

Measuring Neonatal Health

Low Birth Weight

Physical Functioning of the Neonate

Neonatal Sleeping Patterns

Neonatal Reflexes

Neonatal Senses

Section 3: Caring for the Neonate

Nutrition: Is Breast Best?

Evolutionary and Historical Perspectives on Breast Feeding

Benefits of Breast Feeding

Social and Emotional Aspects of Neonatal Care

Crying and Soothing

Bonding: Myth and Truth

Postpartum Depression

Summing Up

Cultural Focus: Easing Birth Among the Cuna Indians

Historical Focus: The Tragic History of Doctor-Assisted Births in the 19th Century

Research Focus: How Much Does Breast Feeding Matter?


Chapter 4: Infancy

Section 1: Physical Development

Growth and Change in Infancy

Bodily Growth

Brain Development

Sleep Changes

Infant Health

Nutritional Needs

Infant Mortality

Baby on the Move: Motor and Sensory Development

Motor Development

Sensory Development

Section 2: Cognitive Development

Piaget’s Sensorimotor Stage

The Sensorimotor Substages

Object Permanence

Evaluating Piaget’s Sensorimotor Theory

Information Processing in Infancy



Assessing Infant Development

Approaches to Assessing Development

Can Media Enhance Cognitive Development? The Myth of “Baby Einstein”

The Beginnings of Language

First Sounds and Words

Infant-Directed (ID) Speech

Section 3: Emotional and Social Development


Conceptualizing Temperament: Three Approaches


Infants’ Emotions

Primary Emotions

Infants’ Emotional Perceptions

The Social World of the Infant

Cultural Themes of Infant Social Life

The Foundation of Social Development: Two Theories

Summing Up

Cultural Focus: Infant Care in Rural Turkey

Historical Focus: Protecting Infants the Puritan Way

Research Focus: Measuring Temperament


Chapter 5: Toddlerhood

Section 1: physical development

Growth and Change in Years 2 and 3

Bodily Growth

Brain Development

Sleep and (More) Teething

Motor Development

Socializing Physical Functions: Toilet Training and Weaning

Toilet Training


Section 2: cognitive development

Cognitive Development Theories

Cognitive Development in Toddlerhood: Piaget’s Theory

Vygotsky’s Cultural Theory of Cognitive Development

Language Development

The Biological and Evolutionary Bases of Language

Milestones of Toddler Language: From First Words to Fluency

Learning Language in a Social and Cultural Context

Section 3: emotional and social development

Emotional Development in Toddlerhood

Toddlers’ Emotions

The Birth of the Self

Gender Identity and the Biology of Gender Development

One Special Person: Attachment Theory and Research

Attachment Theory

Quality of Attachment

Critiques of Attachment Theory

The Social World of the Toddler

The Role of Fathers

The Wider Social World: Siblings, Peers, and Friends

Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Disruption in Social Development

Media Use in Toddlerhood

Summing Up

CULTURAL FOCUS: Toddlerhood in Aboriginal Australia

Historical Focus: The History of Toilet Training

RESEARCH FOCUS: Early Child Care and Its Consequences


Chapter 6: Early Childhood


Growth from Age 3 to 6

Bodily Growth

Brain Development and “Infantile” Amnesia

Health and Safety in Early Childhood

Motor Development

Gross and Fine Motor Skills



Theories of Cognitive Development

Piaget’s Preoperational Stage of Cognitive Development

Understanding Thinking: The Development of “Theory of Mind”

Cultural Learning in Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

The Importance of Preschool Quality

Cross-National Variations

Preschool as a Cognitive Intervention

Language Development

Advances in Vocabulary and Grammar

Pragmatics: Social and Cultural Rules of Language


Emotional Regulation and Gender Socialization

Emotional Regulation

Moral Development

Gender Development


Parenting “Styles”

Parenting in Other Cultures

Discipline and Punishment

The Child’s Expanding Social World

Siblings and “Only Children”

Peers and Friends

Media Use in Early Childhood

Summing Up

Cultural Focus: Shyness in China and Canada

Historical Focus: Beat a Child, Save a Soul

Research Focus: The Montessori Preschool Program


Chapter 7: Middle Childhood

Section 1: physical development

Growth in Middle Childhood

Physical Growth and Sensory Development

Nutrition and Malnutrition

Illness and Injuries

Motor Development

Gross Motor Development Fine

Motor Development

Section 2: cognitive development

Theories of Cognitive Development

Concrete Operations

Information Processing

Intelligence and Intelligence Tests

Learning the Cognitive Skills of School: Reading and Mathematics

Language Development

Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pragmatics


School in Middle Childhood

Cultural Variations in School Experiences

Learning the Cognitive Skills of School: Reading and Mathematics

Section 3: emotional and social development

Emotional and Self-Development

Smooth Sailing: Advances in Emotional Self-Regulation


Gender Development

The Social and Cultural Contexts of Middle Childhood

Family Relations

Friends and Peers


Media Use

Summing Up

Cultural Focus: School Socialization in Guatemala

Historical Focus: Work Among British Children in the 19th Century

Research Focus: TV or Not TV


Chapter 8: Adolescence

Section 1: physical development

The Metamorphosis: Biological Changes of Puberty

The Physical Changes of Puberty

The Timing of Puberty

Cultural Responses: Puberty Rituals

Health Issues in Adolescence

Eating Disorders

Substance Use

Section 2: cognitive development

Piaget’s Theory of Formal Operations

Hypothetical-Deductive Reasoning

Critiques of Piaget’s Theory of Formal Operations

Other Changes in Adolescent Thinking

Information Processing: Selective Attention and Metamemory

Social Cognition: The Imaginary Audience and the Personal Fable

Culture and Cognition

Adolescent Education and Work

Schools: Secondary Education around the World

Adolescent Work

Section 3: emotional and social development

Emotional and Self-Development

Emotionality in Adolescence: Storm and Stress?

Self-Development in Adolescence

Gender Intensification

Cultural Beliefs: Morality and Religion

Moral Development

Religious Beliefs

The Social and Cultural Contexts of Adolescence

Family Relationships

Peers and Friends

Love and Sexuality

Media Use

Problems and Resilience

Crime and Delinquency


Resilience in Adolescence

Summing Up

CULTURAL FOCUS: Apprenticeships in Europe

Historical Focus: From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls

RESEARCH FOCUS: The Daily Rhythms of Adolescents’ Family Lives


Chapter 9: Emerging Adulthood

Section 1: Physical Development

The Emergence of Emerging Adulthood

Five Features

The Cultural Context of Emerging Adulthood

Physical Changes of Emerging Adulthood

The Peak of Physical Functioning

Sleep Patterns and Deficits

Risk Behavior and Health Issues

Injuries and Fatalities: Automobile Accidents

Substance Use and Abuse

Section 2: Cognitive Development

Postformal Thinking


Reflective Judgment

Tertiary Education: College, University, and Training Programs

Cultural Variations in Tertiary Education

The Benefits of Tertiary Education

Section 3: Emotional and Social Development

Emotional and Self-Development


Identity Development

Gender Development: Cultural Beliefs and Stereotypes

Cultural Beliefs

Religious Development

Political Development

The Social and Cultural Contexts of Emerging Adulthood

Family Relationships


Love and Sexuality

Finding Adult Work

Social Uses of Media

Summing Up

Cultural Focus: The Young Men of Truk Island

Historical Focus: Gender and Cognitive Development in Emerging Adulthood

RESEARCH FOCUS: Graduated Driver Licensing


Practice Tests Answer Key




Name Index

Subject Index

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