Appropriate for courses in Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behaviour, and Psychopathology. One of the first texts to adopt a systems approach, integrating biological, psychological and social theories to explain abnormal behaviour. The text is known for presenting scientific methods in clearly and for discussing methodology in small, bite-size pieces throughout the narrative (primarily through "Research Methods" boxes), rather than in a single, difficult-to-read chapter. Detailed case studies open each chapter and historical background information is provided to give students interesting, "real-life" examples of abnormal behaviour. In addition, each chapter follows a consistent organization, including major sections on typical symptoms/features, classification, epidemiology, etiology, and treatment.
Contents. Preface. About the Authors. 1. Examples and Definitions of Abnormal Behaviour. 2. Causes of Abnormal Behaviour: From Paradigms to Systems. 3. Treatment of Psychological Disorders. 4. Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behaviour. 5. Mood Disorders and Suicide. 6. Anxiety Disorders. 7. Acute and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, and Somatoform Disorders. 8. Stress and Physical Health. 9. Personality Disorders. 10. Eating Disorders. 11. Substance Use Disorders. 12. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. 13. Schizophrenic Disorders. 14. Dementia, Delirium, and Amnesic Disorders. 15. Mental Retardation and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. 16. Psychological Disorders of Childhood. 17. Adjustment Disorders of Life-Cycle Transitions. 18. Mental Health and the Law. Glossary. References. Credits. Name Index. Subject Index.