Download e-book for iPad: Abnormal Psychology (2nd Edition) by James H. Hansell, Lisa K. Damour

By James H. Hansell, Lisa K. Damour

ISBN: 047007387X
ISBN-13: 9780470073872
eISBN: 1118311485
eISBN-13: 9781118311486

Hansell & Damour's irregular Psychology, 2e will empower your scholars with the serious pondering talents to raised element, classify, clarify and finally higher comprehend irregular behavior.

Written by way of training clinicians and that includes a streamlined desk of contents, irregular Psychology, 2e bargains a brand new, cutting edge process that encourages the serious considering abilities so as to aid scholars see the "forest for the trees." through putting the DSM-IV in a bigger context utilizing a large choice of examples, events and purposes, scholars greater comprehend and contextualize the varied psychological health problems mentioned within the path. This incorporates a new sequence of serious pondering questions tied to the "core concepts" framework of the textual content. also there are 15 new "visual essays" that spotlight crucial organic principals, each one is designed to aid scholars make the relationship among biology and psychological disorder.

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Precipitating causes The immediate trigger or precipitant of an event. Predisposing causes The underlying processes that create conditions making it possible for a precipitating cause to trigger an event. Multiple causality Like all scientific and professional fields, abnormal psychology relies on categories for classifying its subject matter. Clinicians and researchers need diagnostic categories to help them study and treat mental illness and to communicate with other professionals. But categorizing mental disorders is a tricky business; the field of abnormal psychology has struggled to develop categories that consistently and accurately classify mental disorders.

Let’s begin by considering an example: the case of a young man we’ll call Dave. ) As you read about Dave, ask yourself whether you think his behavior is abnormal. Be aware of what factors you consider: do you focus on whether he seems bizarre, or whether he is impaired by his problems? The factors you employ are technically known as criteria (singular: criterion). Following the case, we will review the commonly used criteria for defining psychopathology. CASE Vignette Is Dave Abnormal? Dave is a 20-year-old sophomore at a large East Coast university.

All in all, he seemed to be making a good adjustment to college life despite some mild anxiety about whether he could be academically and socially successful. During the fall of Dave’s sophomore year, however, his anxiety intensified. He began to worry about what everybody thought of him and became especially insecure about whether any woman could find him attractive. He felt self-conscious and shy, even around his good friends, and he always anticipated that he would be left out or rejected. As a result, Dave became more withdrawn and quiet.

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