Abnormal Psychology combines an emphasis on the excitement of research with an examination of the evolutionary perspective as a way to integrate biological and psychological explanations for abnormal psychology. Raulin uses three key themes to make psychopathology come alive for students: Excitement of Research--Because scientific research has consistently produced the most significant breakthroughs in understanding psychopathology, Abnormal Psychology presents information that has the strongest scientific background, rather than that which has the widest play in popular markets. Research is presented throughout the text--and highlighted in Examining the Evidence sections--to give students a feel for the research process and to help them appreciate the excitement of scientific discovery. Theoretical Perspectives--Raulin covers those theoretical perspectives that have had the greatest impact on our understanding of the disorders or have produced effective treatments. In addition, he includes a perspective normally left out of abnormal psychology texts - the cognitive neuroscience perspective.Evolutionary Impact-- Abnormal Psychology is the first text in the field to thoroughly examine the evolutionary perspective in addition to the other prominent theoretical perspectives used to explain abnormal behavior. The text shows how evolutionary theory has shaped modern psychology--both positively and negatively.
All chapters begin with a "Chapter Outline" and chapter-opening case studies, and conclude with a chapter summary, list of key terms, and "Suggested Readings." SECTION I: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. 1. Understanding Abnormal Behavior. Responding to Environmental Challenges. Defining Abnormality. History of Abnormal Behavior. The Diagnostic System. Mental Health Practitioners. 2. Diagnosis and Assessment. The Diagnostic System. Psychological Assessment. Behavioral Assessment. Biological Assessment. 3. Historical Perspectives on Psychopathology. Perspectives as Maps. Viewing Perspectives Scientifically. The Psychodynamic Perspective. The Methodological Behaviorist Perspective. The Humanistic Perspective. The Existential Perspective. Changing Perspectives. 4. Current Perspectives on Psychopathology. The Physiological Perspective. The Cognitive-Behavior Perspective. The Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. The Sociocultural Perspective. The Evolutionary Perspective. Using These Perspectives. SECTION II: THE DISORDERS. 5. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders. Overview of Schizophrenia. Symptoms of Schizophrenia. Subtypes of Schizophrenia. Theoretical Perspectives. Treatment Approaches. Delusional Disorders. Schizoaffective Disorder. 6. The Study of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia as a Construct. Defining and Refining the Syndrome. Test Development and Validation. Diathesis-Stress Models. Overview of Research Designs. Studying Cognitive Processing. Studying Genetic Influences. Studying Environmental Influences. Studying Biological Influences. Where Do We Go from Here? 7. Mood Disorders. Conceptualizing Moods and Mood Disorders. Depressive Disorders. Explaining Depression. Treatment of Depression. Bipolar Disorders. Explaining Bipolar Disorders. Treatment of Bipolar Disorders. Suicide. 8. Anxiety Disorders. Generalized Anxiety Disorders. Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Phobias. Acute and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. 9. Stress, Health, and Somatoform Disorders. Stress and Its Impact on Human Functioning. Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions. Behavioral Medicine. Somatoform Disorders. Psychoform Disorders. 10. Eating and Sleep Disorders. Eating Disorders. Causes of Eating Disorders. Treating Eating Disorders. Sleep Disorders. Causes of Sleep Disorders. Treating Sleep Disorders. 11. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. Human Sexuality. Sexual Dysfunction. Causes of Sexual Dysfunction. Treating Sexual Dysfunction. Gender Identity Disorders. Paraphilias. Causes of Paraphilias. Treating Paraphilias. Rape. 12. Personality Disorders. The Concept of Personality Disorders. Cluster A Disorders. Cluster B Disorders. Cluster C Disorders. Issues and Unanswered Questions. 13. Disorders First Apparent in Childhood. Disruptive Behavior in Children. Functional and Learning Disorders. Autistic Disorder. Mental Retardation. 14. Substance-Related Disorders. Substance Abuse and Dependence. Sedatives. Narcotics. Stimulants. Hallucinogens. Theories of Drug Abuse. Treating Drug Abuse. 15. Cognitive and Dissociative Disorders. Delirium. Dementia. Amnestic Disorders. Dissociative Disorders. Causes of Dissociative Disorders. Treating Dissociative Disorders. Controversies Surrounding DID. SECTION III: CLOSING ISSUES. 16. Contemporary Issues and Future Directions. Legal Issues. Ethical Issues. Practical Issues. Future Directions.