Psychology, Mental Health and Distress

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-04-09
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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With foreword by Richard Bentall, this core text explores the complex web of factors interacting in cases of mental distress. Aligned with current mental health practice, its innovative approach integrates evidence with critique and fully covers the debates raised in abnormal psychology courses. The book includes a chapter written by service users.

Author Biography

JOHN CROMBY received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Loughborough University and his PhD from the University of Nottingham Medical School. He is currently lecturer at Loughborough UniversityDAVID HARPER is senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of East London.PAULA REAVEY is senior lecturer of psychology at London South Bank University

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The review feedback was extremely positive. Reviewers praised the work as a much-needed departure form the traditional approach taken by other books in this area. The authors' excellent writing style was commented on, as was the critical perspective that's often missing from mainstream books. The inclusion of real world issues and the excellent use of case studies was applauded. Full reviews are available on request, but here are some key quotes:


Ron Roberts, Kingston:
"This looks to be the kind of text I have been hoping to see for many a long year. Comprehensive, critical, and so refreshing ... This is a book head and shoulders over anything else out there ... This book has everything I would want to see in a psychology text. It combines a humanistic and scientific approach, encourages critical thinking and should become the standard by which others are judged for many years. It may well have an effect on the way clinical psychology itself educates its practitioners ... In fact of the many reviews I have ever done over the years this is by far the best book I have seen."

Kate Bennett, Liverpool:

"The more I read this book, the more I enjoy it. I really appreciate its focus and its philosophy. It approaches the area with very much the approach I take in my own thinking. As far as I have seen there are no books which have the same layout, approach or philosophy ... I appreciate also hearing from different voices, and especially from service users."


Grant Jeffery, Edinburgh Napier:

"I think this is a terrific project and it seems to be very much on-track ... at its best, it presents arguments and discourses instead of 'facts' and as such is a very helpful educational tool ... Might be useful for a broader range of students - counselling students, health care students such as nurses etc."


Michelle Lafrance, St Thomas University (Canada):

"This is a much needed text ... Well done. The proposed text would represent the first that I know of to adopt a critical perspective on the topic of 'abnormal psychology.' Its time has come.


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