Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2010-09-24
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Psychology in a Changing Worldputs a human face on the study of Abnormal Psychology.#xA0; For courses in#xA0;Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology. #xA0;#xA0; Within the field of abnormal psychology, research developments continue to sharpen#xA0;the understanding of abnormal behavior. In#xA0; Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Nevid, Rathus, and Greene#xA0;endeavor to bring these advances to students in a way that both stimulates interest and makes complex material understandable.#xA0;More importantly, however,#xA0;they#xA0;recognize there is a basic human dimension to the study of abnormal psychology.#xA0; The approach#xA0;the authors#xA0;take is to help students enter the world of people suffering from the range of disorders#xA0;they encounter in the text.#xA0;#xA0;By including many illustrative case examples drawn from#xA0;the authors'#xA0;own case experiences and those of other practitioners,#xA0;as well as through supplementary video cases, featuring interviews with real people diagnosed with different disorders, and#xA0;a landmark pedagogical feature#xA0;of first-person narratives from people struggling with#xA0;psychological disorders, Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, 8th edition#xA0;helps put a human face on the study of abnormal psychology.

Author Biography


    Jeffrey S. Nevid is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in New York, where he directs the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supervises doctoral students in clinical practicum work.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and was a staff psychologist at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York.  He later completed a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Evaluation Research at Northwestern University. He holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, is a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  His publications have appeared his in such journals as Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Journal of Occupational Medicine, Behavior Therapy, American Journal of Community Psychology, Professional Psychology:  Research and Practice, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Teaching of Psychology, American Journal of Health Promotion , and Psychology and Psychotherapy.  

    Dr. Nevid is also author of the book, Choices:  Sex in the Age of STDs and the introductory psychology text, Psychology:  Concepts and Applications, as well as several other college texts in the fields of psychology and health that he coauthored with Spencer A. Rathus.  Dr. Nevid has also been involved in conducting a program of pedagogical research focusing on helping students become more effective learners.


   Spencer A. Rathus received his PhD from the University at Albany. He is on the faculty at The College of New Jersey. His areas of interest include psychological assessment, cognitive behavior therapy, and deviant behavior. He is the originator of the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule, which has become a Citation Classic. He has authored several books, including Psychology: Concepts and Connections, Essentials of Psychology, Childhood and Adolescence: Voyages in Development, PSYCH, HDEV, and CDEV. He co-authored Making the Most of College with Lois Fichner-Rathus; AIDS: What Every Student Needs To Know with Susan Boughn; Behavior Therapy, Psychology and the Challenges of Life, Your Health, and Health in the New Millennium with Jeffrey S. Nevid; and Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity with Jeffrey S. Nevid and Lois Fichner-Rathus. His professional activities include service on the American Psychological Association Task Force on Diversity Issues at the Precollege and Undergraduate Levels of Education in Psychology, and on the Advisory Panel, American Psychological Association, Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies.


    Beverly A. Greene is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University and is a Fellow of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association, as well as a Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and the Academy of Clinical Psychology.  She holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University and worked in public mental health for over a decade.  She was founding co-editor of the APA Society for the Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues series, Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues.  She is also coauthor of the recent book, What Therapists Don’t Talk About And Why: Understanding Taboos that Hurt Ourselves and Our Clients, and has more than 80 professional publications that are the subject of nine national awards.  Dr. Greene was recipient of the APA  2003 Committee On Women In Psychology Distinguished Leadership Award,  1996 Outstanding Achievement Award from the APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, the 2004 Distinguished Career Contributions to Ethnic Minority Research Award from the APA Society for the Study of  Ethnic Minority Issues, the 2000 Heritage Award from the APA Society for the Psychology of Women, the 2004 Award for Distinguished Senior Career Contributions to Ethnic Minority Research (APA Division 45), and the 2005 Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished  Professional Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12).  Her co-edited book, Psychotherapy with African American Women: Innovations in Psychodynamic Perspectives and Practice, was also honored with the Association for Women in Psychology’s 2001 Distinguished Publication Award. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Janet Helms Award for Scholarship and Mentoring from the Teacher's College, Columbia University Cross Cultural Roundtable, and of the 2006 Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology (Div. 12 APA).  She is an elected representative to the APA Council and member at large of the Women's and Public Interest Caucuses of the Council.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction and Methods of Research

Chapter 2: Contemporary Perspectives on Abnormal Behavior

Chapter 3: Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior

Chapter 4:  Methods of Treatment

Chapter 5:  Stress, Psychological Factors, and Health

Chapter 6:  Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 7:  Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders

Chapter 8:  Mood Disorders and Suicide

Chapter 9:  Substance Abuse and Dependence

Chapter 10:  Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders

Chapter 11:  Disorders Involving Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 12:  Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Chapter 13:  Personality Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders

Chapter 14:  Abnormal Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence

Chapter 15:  Cognitive Disorders and Disorders Related to Aging

Chapter 16: Abnormal Psychology and the Law


Cases within the Text


At the beginning of every chapter and then integrated in the text, the student will find the following personal stories:


“Cowering Under the Covers” (Bipolar Disorder; Chapter 1)“Thomas Hears Voices” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 1)

“Pretty Grisly Stuff” (Claustrophobia; Chapter 1)      

“Jessica’s Little Secret” (Bulimia; Chapter 2)

“Jerry Has a Panic Attack on the Interstate” (Panic Disorder; Chapter 3)

“Susanna–‘A Girl, Interrupted’” (Suicide attempt; Chapter 4)

“Go! Go! It’s Coming Down!” (Traumatic stress; Chapter 5)

“I Felt Like I Was Going to Die Right Then and There” (Panic attack; Chapter 6)

“Just Checking” (Obsessive—Compulsive Disorder; Chapter 6)

“We Share a Single Body” (Dissociative Identity Disorder; Chapter 7)

“Sickened” (Münchausen Syndrome; Chapter 7)

“Darkness Visible” (Major depression; Chapter 8)

“An Unquiet Mind” (Bipolar Disorder; Chapter 8)

“Electroboy” (Manic Episode; Chapter 8)

“Leading a Normal Life” (Bipolar Disorder; Chapter 8)

“Nothing and Nobody Comes Before My Coke” (Substance Dependence; Chapter 9)

“Taking Away the Hurt I Feel” (Substance Dependence; Chapter 9)

“Surely They Can’t Mean Beer!” (Alcohol Dependence; Chapter 9)

“What’s Up with That?” (Bulimia; Chapter 10)

“He’s Only Sleepwalking” (Sleepwalking Disorder; Chapter 10)

“I Know Something None of You Will Ever Know” and “Everybody Is Born Unique, but Most of Us Die Copies” (Gender Identity Disorder; Chapter 11)

“Paralyzed with Anxiety” (Male Erectile Disorder; Chapter 11)

“I Never Thought It Would Happen to Me” and “Why Did She Put Up Such a Big Struggle?” (Date Rape; Chapter 11)

 “I Hear Something You Can’t Hear” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

“I and I, Dancing Fool, Challenge You the World to a Duel” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

“The Poverties” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

“The Voices Grow Softer” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

"Walking on Eggshells” (Borderline Personality Disorder; Chapter 13)

“Rubbing Salt into a Wound” (Narcissistic Personality Disorder; Chapter 13)

“Living in the Labyrinth” (Alzheimer’s Disease; Chapter 13)

“My Dark Place” (Borderline Personality Disorder; Chapter 13)

“A World of My Own Creation” (Autistic Disorder; Chapter 14)

“I Didn’t Know What They (People) Were For” (Autistic Disorder; Chapter 14)

“Now Is the Last Best Time” (Alzheimer’s Disease; Chapter 15)

 “A Daughter’s Dilemma” (Alzheimer’s Disease; Chapter 15)

“Please Look into Your Heart” (John Hinckley’s diary; Chapter 16)



 " Controversies in Abnormal Psychology" Features within the Text


Jerry Deffenbacher of the University of Colorado, entitled “Anger Disorders and the DSM: Where Has All the Anger Gone?”

John Norcross and Gerald Koocher on discredited treatments: “Psychoquackery and Discredited Psychological Treatments in Mental Health”

Thomas Widiger on the DSM: “The Bible of Psychiatry”

William Sanderson on EBP: “The Controversy over Evidence-Based Practice: Repairing the Rift”

Charles Negy on acculturation and mental health: “Coming to America: The Case of Latinos”

Mark and Linda Sobell reflect on their personal perspectives on the controlled drinking controversy:  “In the Eye of the Storm: The Controlled Drinking Controversy”

Wendy Slutske on pathological gambling: “Losing $10 Million: A Case of Pathological Gambling?”

Online Therapy: A New Therapeutic Tool or Pandora’s Box?

Is It All in the Genes?

EMDR: Fad or Find?

Are Recovered Memories Credible?

Why Are More Women Depressed?

Should Barbie Be Banned?

Gender Identity Disorder:  Pathology or Cultural Creation  (NEW)

“Cybersex Addiction”–A New Psychological Disorder?

Is Mental Illness a Myth?

Personality Disorders:  Categories or Dimensions?  (NEW)

Are We Overmedicating Our Kids?

The Bipolar Kid (NEW)

The Danger Lurking Within: Would You Want to Know? (Genetic testing)

Falling Through the Cracks:  What Should We Do About the “Wild Man of West 96th Street?”


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