Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior

Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior

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Contemporary Cases for Students

Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior brings the field of abnormal psychology to life with its rare combination of readability, humor, and strong scholarship.

This rich collection of case studies integrates contemporary and recognizable classic cases to illustrate a wide range of clinical and legal issues. To enable students to more fully understand the nature of the disorder, each case contains the full background material relevant to etiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations. Significant family and social history data are also presented in order to give students a clear picture of how specific behavior patterns were generated and maintained.

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  • Improve Critical Thinking – Quotes and anecdotes stimulate critical thinking and can be used by instructors to jumpstart classroom discussion.
  • Engage Students – A wide range of highly recognizable and interesting case studies help students see the real-life relevance of psychological disorders.
  • Explore Research – The most up-to-date DSM-TR-IV materials are incorporated into the text; all major DSM disorders are covered.

Book News
Meyer (U. of Louisville) presents a variety of classic and contemporary cases that examine famous personalities (e.g., Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, and Jack Ruby) as well as others whose treatment, and identity, are not part of the public record. He includes the background relevant to etiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations for anxiety disorders, disassociative and sleep disorders, somatoform disorders, schizophrenia and delusional disorders, affective disorders and suicide, psychosexual and substance abuse disorders. He also provides cases of eating and impulse control disorders, disorders with violence, disorders of childhood and adolescence, and organic mental disorders and mental retardation. The final chapters discuss legal issues in psychological practice and offer brief guidelines for positive mental health. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Pearson Allyn and Bacon, c2006
Edition: 7th ed
ISBN: 9780205452224
Characteristics: xvi, 317 p. ; 23 cm


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