The Experience of Psychopathology: Investigating Mental Disorders in their Natural Settings

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  • Copyright: 2006-11-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book is devoted to understanding the experience of distress, well-being and psychopathology in daily life, with the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) in psychiatry, and contains contributions from the leading international pioneers of this approach. Experience sampling is a methodology for collecting reliable and valid data on patterns of behaviour, thought and feeling from real-life situations. It thus yields data complementary to those provided by neurobiological approaches to mental illnesses and is applicable to the study and management of a wide variety of mental disorders in their natural settings. The editor, who did much to bring ESM to prominence in psychiatry, has assembled a fascinating range of contributions, many of them previously unpublished, dealing with the diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities of this approach.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Experience of Psychopathology
The experience of psychopathology in natural settings: Introduction and illustration of variables
Microbehavioural approaches to monitoring human experience
Experience sampling and personality psychology: concepts and applications
The Experience Sampling Method: Procedures and Analyses
Validity and reliability of the experience sampling method
Analyzing experience sampling data: a guide book for the perplexed
States, syndromes, and polythetic classes: developing a classification system for ESM data using the ascending and cross-classification method
Experience Sampling Studies with Clinical Samples
Variability of schizophrenia symptoms
The daily life of ambulatory chronic mental patients
-Goofed-up- images: thought sampling with a schizophenic woman
The social ecology of anxiety: theoretical and quantitative perspectives
Consequences of depression for the experience of anxiety in daily life
Dysphoric moods in depressed and non-depressed adolescents
Capturing alternate personalities: the use of experience sampling in multiple personality disorder
Bulimia in daily life: a context-bound syndrome
Alcohol and marijuana use in adolescents-daily lives
Drug craving and drug use in the daily life of heroin addicts
Stress, coping and cortisol dynamics in daily life
Vital exhaustion or depression: a study of daily mood in exhausted male subjects at risk for myocardial infarction
Blood pressure and behaviour: mood, activity and blood pressure in daily life
Therapeutic Applications of the Experience Sampling Method
The uses of the ESM in psychotherapy
Expanding the experimental parameters of cognitive therapy
The monitoring of optimal experience: a tool for psychiatric rehabilitation
The ESM and the measurement of clinical change: a case of anxiety disorder
The applicability of ESM in personalized rehabilitation
Everyday self-awareness: implications for self-esteem, depression and resistance to therapy
Psychiatric Research Applications: Practical Issues and Attention Points
Practical issues in psychiatric applications of ESM
Selecting measures, diagnostic validity and scaling in the study of depression
Research alliance and the limit of compliance: experience sampling with the depressed elderly
The importance of assessing base rates for clinical studies: an example of stimulus control of smoking
Infrequently occuring activities and contexts in time-use data
Technical note: devices and time-sampling procedures
List of contributors
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