Psychopathology: Foundations for a Contemporary Understanding

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James E. Maddux, Barbara A. Winstead
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 2005 - Psychology - 468 pages
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Psychopathology: Foundations for a Contemporary Understanding is specifically designed to meet the needs of graduate students enrolled in a one semester course on abnormal psychology or psychopathology in master's or doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology and related fields, such as social work. Neither an undergraduate abnormal text (though suitable for use in advanced courses that presuppose a basic abnormal course) nor a handbook-style compendium for professionals and researchers, it synthesizes the latest knowledge about the etiology and treatment of the most important psychological disorders, and challenges students to reflect on such crucial and controversial issues as the definition of psychopathology, the influence of culture and gender, the validity of psychological testing, and the viability and utility of traditional psychiatric diagnosis. The authors, all leading experts, focus throughout on what has been demonstrated by research, not on what has been claimed by theories that may be accepted or traditional but lack empirical support. The first section presents and analyzes the basic concepts we need to understand any disorder; the second examines the disorders most frequently encountered in clinical practice. The editors have brought to their job a combined total of 47 years of teaching graduate students. Well-organized and clearly written, Psychopathology: Foundations for a Contemporary Understanding is an invaluable new resource for instructors and students alike.

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James E. Maddux received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1982 from the University of Alabama. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University from 1981-1985. Since then he has been with the Department of Psychology at George Mason University, where he was Associate Chair for Graduate Studies from 1996-2003. During the 2003-2004 academic year he was Guest Professor in the Department of Health Psychology at the Free University in Berlin. Maddux is the co-editor of Social Processes in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, editor of Self-Efficacy: Theory, Research, and Applications, and co-author of Social Cognitive Psychology: History and Current Domains. In addition, he is editor of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and Self & Identity.
Barbara A. Winstead received her Ph.D. in personality and developmental psychology in 1980 from Harvard University. Since 1979 she has been a member of the faculty of the Psychology Department of Old Dominion University. She has been Director of Clinical Training for the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 1996-2000 and Chair of the Psychology Department, 2000-present. Winstead is co-editor of Personality: Contemporary Theory and Research (3rd ed.) and co-author of Gender and Close Relationships. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, as well as on the executive board of the International Association of Relationship Research.

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