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Essentials of Abnormal Psychology, International Edition (with Psychology CourseMate with eBook Prin 6e

ISBN-13: 9781133491675 / ISBN-10: 1133491677

V. Mark Durand, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
David H. Barlow, Boston University
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2013
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In this briefer version of Durand and Barlow’s widely taught text, the authors explain abnormal psychology through their standard-setting integrative approach—the most modern, scientifically valid method for studying the subject. Through this integrative approach, students learn that psychological disorders are rarely caused by a single influence, but rooted in the interaction among multiple factors: biological, psychological, cultural, social, familial, and even political. A conversational writing style, consistent pedagogy, and real case profiles—95 percent from the authors’ own case files—provide a realistic context for the scientific findings of the book. In addition, these features ensure that readers never lose sight of the fact that real people are behind the DSM-IV-TR criteria, the theories, and the research.


  • Well-known in their field, the authors bring sophisticated research and clinical experience—including the most recent developments—to every chapter of this text.
  • A Diversity box in every chapter augments coverage of cultural and gender factors and differences as they relate to the expression of disorders. Topics include cultural differences in menopause, suicide, and self-injury; and gender and cultural differences in alcohol and drug use. Diversity content continues to be highlighted in theme indexes (one on gender, one on culture) in the Preface and in the book’s description of how cultural beliefs and practices can lead to misdiagnoses of psychological disorders.
  • Case studies featuring real clients, mostly from the authors’ own clinical experience, are incorporated throughout the book, providing a realistic context for the scientific research. These case studies ensure that students never lose sight of the fact that beyond the DSM-IV-TR criteria, the theories, and the research, there are the people struggling with these disorders and that abnormal psychology is about "us" rather than "them."
  • The authors’ pioneering approach offers an integrative, multidimensional perspective, unlike texts that take a single-cause, single-treatment approach. Major psychological disorders are covered in 10 chapters, each discussing three broad categories: clinical descriptions, causal factors, and treatment and outcomes. Attention is also paid to case studies, DSM criteria, and the general course or pattern for the disorder as a whole. Frequently, a single case is carried throughout the discussion of each disorder.
  • Substantial, cutting-edge coverage of prevention includes a variety of topics that pique students’ interest; for example, how to prevent eating disorders, sleep disorders, substance abuse and dependence, suicide, antisocial disorders in children, and more.
  • A Concept Check following every major section provides students with several opportunities throughout the chapter to assess their progress (answers are at the end of the chapter). In addition, a one-page Chapter Quiz ends every chapter, providing a practice exam of key chapter content and serving as a mini-study guide.
  • Colorful two-page visual overviews at the end of the book correlate with each disorder chapter and summarize the causes, development, symptoms, and treatment of each disorder. A helpful study tool, the overviews also show relevant interactions among various factors to reinforce the integrative approach.

1. Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context.
2. An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology.
3. Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research in Psychopathology.
4. Anxiety Disorders.
5. Developmental and Cognitive Disorders.
6. Eating and Sleep Disorders.
7. Physical Disorders and Health Psychology.
8. Personality Disorders.
9. Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders.
10. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.
11. Substance-Related and Impulse-Control Disorders.
12. Mood Disorders and Suicide.
13. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.
14. Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues.
  • A new On the Spectrum feature at the end of every disorder chapter examines cutting-edge developments in the gradual movement toward a more dimensional approach to studying psychopathology. Topics include new transdiagnostic assessment schemes and treatment for emotional disorders; previews of disorders in the DSM-5, where more dimensional approaches will be adopted; and the adoption of cross-cutting dimensional measures of, for example, anxiety or features of distorted reality for every patient to provide a richer description of psychopathology.
  • New Student Learning Outcomes at the start of each chapter assist instructors in accurately assessing and mapping questions throughout the chapter. The outcomes are mapped to the core APA goals for undergraduate psychology majors, addressed in the chapter content, and integrated throughout the instructor resources and testing program.
  • While all chapters have been updated, the chapters on Anxiety Disorders (Chapter 4), Developmental and Cognitive Disorders(Chapter 5), Eating and Sleep Disorders (Chapter 6), Physical Disorders and Health Psychology (Chapter 7), Substance-Related and Impulse-Control Disorders (Chapter 11), Mood Disorders and Suicide (Chapter 12, now significantly more succinct), Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders (Chapter 13), and have been the most heavily revised to reflect new research.
  • Among the many new topics in the most-revised chapters are: discussion of a new disorder under consideration for inclusion in DSM-5 (olfactory reference syndrome), data underscoring the combination of depression with impulse control problems as causal factors in suicide, an update on the status of binge-eating disorder, recent results from a transdiagnostic psychological approach to the treatment of eating disorders, studies finding that newer, second-generation drugs are no more effective or better tolerated than the older drugs, and a great deal of new information on ADHD.
  • New to this edition, the Abnormal Psychology Live CD has been revamped and is now integrated online in the book’s website, Abnormal Psychology CourseMate. To support students outside of the classroom and reinforce more challenging topics that typically need more than one explanation, Mark Durand’s expanded Video Concept Reviews (accessible through Psychology CourseMate) provide a brief summary of difficult concepts for every chapter.
V. Mark Durand
V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received over $4 million in federal funding to study the behavior problems in children with disabilities. Previously he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University at Albany, including chair of the psychology department, interim dean of Arts and Sciences, and founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (all in psychology) at the State University of New York Stony Brook. Dr. Durand was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Albany in 1991, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2007. Currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America, he is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and has written 10 books as well as over 100 publications on functional communication, educational programming, and behavior therapy. Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is used worldwide. Most recently he developed an innovative approach (Optimistic Parenting) to help families work with their challenging children.

David H. Barlow
David H. Barlow is an internationally recognized expert and leader in clinical psychology, having pioneered many treatments and investigations in anxiety and mood disorders. Currently Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Boston University, Dr. Barlow is also founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, one of the largest research clinics of its kind in the world. Previously, he was distinguished professor at State University of New York at Albany. From 1975 to 1979, he was professor of psychiatry and psychology at Brown University, where he also founded the clinical psychology internship program. From 1969 to 1975, he was professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi, where he founded the Medical School psychology residency program. Dr. Barlow received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. from Boston College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Psychological Association and is a fellow of the American Psychological Society.