Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior 3rd Edition PDF
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We are all touched in one way or another by mental health issues, either directly through our own emotional struggles or indirectly through friends or family. Thus, knowledge about symptoms, causes, and treatments associated with mental disorders and about methods for maintaining optimal mental health is a highly relevant topic for students. It is our hope that this textbook will be personally meaningful to all who read it.
In writing and revising Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior, we once again seek to engage students in the exciting process of understanding abnormal behavior and the techniques that mental health professionals employ when assessing and treating mental disorders. Four major objectives have guided our pursuit of this goal:
■ to provide students with scholarship of the highest quality;
■ to offer balanced coverage of abnormal psychology as both a scientific and a clinical endeavor, giving students the opportunity to explore topics thoroughly and responsibly;
■ to focus on the human face of mental illness, including an emphasis on both resilience and recovery; and
■ to write a text that is inviting and stimulating for a wide range of students and that highlights meaningful topics encountered by college populations.
Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior continues to retain the approach, style, and hallmark multicultural emphasis of our comprehensive text, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, while providing concise yet thorough coverage in a convenient 16-chapter format. The text is, therefore, manageable for a one-semester or one-quarter class. It presents complex material in a dynamic, highly readable format that challenges students, encourages them to think critically, and provides them with a solid background in the field of abnormal psychology.
The 3rd edition of Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior has been extensively revised to accommodate the newest scientific, psychological, multicultural, and psychiatric research and is completely up-to-date with respect to the many changes and controversies surrounding the classification and diagnosis of mental disorders included in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Because the 2nd edition of Essentials of Understanding Abnormal Behavior covered anticipated DSM-5 changes, you will find that most chapters in the 3rd edition did not require extensive reorganization. However, we have included additional discussion of DSM-5 changes, as well as other key topics in the field of abnormal psychology.
Although we have relied on the DSM-5 for much of our organizational framework and for the specific diagnostic characteristics of mental disorders, you will find that we do not follow the DSM in a mechanistic fashion. Instead, we remain committed to providing our readers with information from a variety of key organizations and from the multitude of medical and psychological publications that address mental health issues. Thus, you will find that our discussions of disorders, contemporary issues, controversies, and trends in the field rely on numerous sources of information from a variety of disciplines.
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