Abnormal Psychology, 11th ed.

Throughout the book Abnormal Psychology, 11th ed. by Ann M. Kring, Johnson, Davison, Neale authors discuss four major paradigms: genetic, neuroscience, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral. They also emphasize the importance of factors that are important to all paradigms, including emotion, gender, culture, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. A related issue is the use of more than one paradigm in studying abnormal psychology.

Rather than force an entire held into, for example, a cognitive behavioral paradigm, they argue from the available information that different problems in psychopathology are amenable to analyses within different frameworks. For instance, genetic factors are important in bipolar disorder and atten-tion-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but genes do their work via the environment. In disorders such as depression, cognitive behavioral factors are essential, but neurotransmitters also exert an influence.

For still other disorders, for example, dissociative disorders, psychodynamic theories can enhance our understanding, but cognitive factors involving consciousness are also important to consider. Furthermore, the importance of a diathesis-stress approach has become increasingly evident. Emerging data indicate that many, perhaps most, disorders arise from subtle interactions between genetic or psychological predispositions and stressful life events.

One of the strengths of the book has always been its current and forward-looking coverage of research in the descriptions, causes, and treatments of psychopathology, and this tradition is strongly maintained in this edition with the addition of over 1000 new references.


Part One Introduction and Fundamental Issues

  •  Introduction and Historical Overview
  • Current Paradigms in Psychopathology
  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Research Methods in the Study of Psychopathology

Part Two Psychological Disorders

Part Three Life-Span Developmental Disorders

Part Four Intervention and Legal and Ethical Issues

  • Psychological Treatment
  •  Legal and Ethical Issues

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