As teachers, researchers, and practitioners, we bring a unique and balanced approach to the study of abnormal psychology that differs from other available materials
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
Understanding human psychology requires focus on both the workings of the brain and an individual's behavior. Pearson's new Abnormal Psychology program combines biological data with research from the social and behavioral sciences to demonstrate the complex, interrelated forces behind the various categories of abnormal behavior.
Authors Deborah C. Beidel, Cynthia M. Bulik, and Melinda A. Stanley take a "scientist-practitioner" approach to their subject, blending knowledge generated through scientific studies with observations drawn from clinical practice. This "translational" method helps to humanize the many conditions they portray, and moves beyond one-dimensional explanations of human behavior.
Their new textbook anticipates many of the changes in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V, scheduled to publish in 2013. Specifically, it includes an emphasis on a dimensional approach to understanding psychopathology, and clearly identifies disorders early in the lifespan by highlighting their developmental trajectories in the relevant chapters. Both Beidel and Bulik are involved in this process as DSM V workgroup members.
Each chapter, using case histories, vignettes, and personal accounts, describes what research has found so far about how sex, race, or ethnicity affect a disorder's origins, clinical presentation, and treatment. Chapters also feature "Examining the Evidence," which presents a current controversy related to the disorder under discussion; "Research Hot Topic," topical research illustrating how science informs human behavior; and "Real People, Real Disorders," focusing on a popular figure who has suffered from the disorder discussed in the chapter.
"The Whole Story," which concludes each chapter, offers a clinical presentation, assessment, and treatment of a patient with a particular disorder, drawn from the authors' own clinical files. Each case study incorporates much of the material covered in the chapter.
Students can use MyPsychLab, the online learning management system, to assess their understanding of Abnormal Psychology material through a variety of pre- and post tests and chapter exams, and receive immediate feedback. Videos on MyPsychLab include "Speaking Out: DSM in Context," featuring interviews with people struggling with disorders studied in the book; and "Day in the Life," short documentaries providing insight into the day-to-day challenges of living with a disorder and showing the perspective of a patient's family, friends, spouse, and coworkers. Other resources include an eText, flashcards, and chapter summaries.
"As teachers, researchers, and practitioners, we bring a unique and balanced approach to the study of abnormal psychology that differs from other available materials," said lead author Deborah C. Beidel, University of Central Florida. "In order to develop a comprehensive understanding of a disorder it is important to understand how disorders differ at different stages of life. Abnormal psychology is one of the most popular courses among undergraduate students and we realize how important it is to present the information in a way that is engaging without in any way stigmatizing psychological disorders, or the people suffering from them."
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