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MyPsychLab is a learning and assessment tool that allows instructors to assess student performance and adapt course content without investing a lot of additional time or resources.  


Students benefit from this easy-to-use site with or without their instructor’s involvement. Students can test themselves on key content, track their progress, and utilize individually tailored study plan activities, including an e-book, newsfeeds, simulations, and videos.


MyPsychLab for our latest Abnormal Psychology textbooks also includes  Speaking Out: The DSM in Context , which ties real patient interview videos to specific content from the DSM-IV, helping students understand how the DSM-IV criteria applies to real people experiencing disorders.


This package contains the following components:

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This distinguished book is considered the most comprehensive in its field, and the author team includes the most preeminent and respected researchers in abnormal psychology today. The new 14th edition introduces a striking new design, new topics, fresh insights, streamlined writing, and a sharper focus on research in psychopathology have emerged.

About the Author

James N. Butcher was born in West Virginia. He enlisted in the Army when he was 17 years old and served in the airborne infantry for 3 years, including a 1-year tour in Korea during the Korean War. After military service, he attended Guilford College, graduating in 1960 with a BA in psychology. He received an MA in experimental psychology in 1962 and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1990 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Florence, Florence, Italy in 2005. He is currently professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He was associate director and director of the clinical psychology program at the university for 19 years. He was a member of the University of Minnesota Press’s MMPI Consultative Committee, which under-took the revision of the MMPI in 1989. He was formerly the editor of Psychological Assessment, a journal of the American Psychological Association, and serves as consulting editor or reviewer for numerous other journals in psychology and psychiatry. Dr. Butcher has been actively involved in developing and organizing disaster response programs for dealing with human problems following airline disasters. He organized a model crisis intervention disaster response for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and organized and supervised the psychological services offered following two major airline disasters: Northwest Flight 255 in Detroit, Michigan, and Aloha Airlines on Maui. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality Assessment. He has published 55 books and more than 200 articles in the fields of abnormal psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and personality assessment.


Susan Mineka, born and raised in Ithaca, New York, received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude in psychology at Cornell University. She received a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and later completed a formal clinical retraining program from 1981–1984. She taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Northwestern University in 1987. Since 1987 she has been Professor of Psychology at Northwestern and since 1998 she has served as Director of Clinical Training there. She has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including introductory psychology, learning, motivation, abnormal psychology, and cognitive-behavior therapy. Her current research interests include cognitive and behavioral approaches to understanding the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She is currently a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has served as Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology (1990–1994). She is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Emotion, and is on the editorial boards of several of the leading journals in the field. She was also President of the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (1994–1995) and was President of the Midwestern Psychological Association (1997). She also served on the American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs (1992–1994, Chair 1994), on the Executive Board of the Society for Research in Psychopathology (1992–1994, 2000–2003), and on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Society (2001–2004). During 1997–1998 she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.


Jill M. Hooley is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. She is also the head of the experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology program at Harvard. Dr. Hooley was born in England and received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. This was followed by research work at Cambridge University. She then attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where she completed her D.Phil. After a move to the United States and additional training in clinical psychology at SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Hooley took a position at Harvard, where she has been a faculty member since 1985.


Dr. Hooley has a long-standing interest in psychosocial predictors of psychiatric relapse in patients with severe psychopathology such as schizophrenia and depression. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and by the Borderline Personality Disorder Research Foundation. She is currently using fMRI to study emotion regulation in people who are vulnerable to depression and in people who are suffering from borderline personality disorder. Another area of research interest is non-suicidal self-harming behaviors such as skin cutting or burning.


In 2000, Dr Hooley received the Aaron T. Beck Award for Excellence in Psychopathology Research. She is currently the president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology. The author of many scholarly publications, Dr. Hooley is an Associate Editor for Applied and Preventive Psychology.  She also serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Family Psychology, Family Process, and Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment.  


At Harvard, Dr Hooley has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, schizophrenia, mood disorders, psychiatric diagnosis, and psychological treatment. Reflecting her commitment to the scientist-practitioner model, she also does clinical work specializing in the treatment of people with depression, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. 


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Abnormal Psychology: An Overview

What Do We Mean By Abnormality?

How Common Are Mental Disorders?

Research Approaches in Abnormal Psychology

Sources of Information

Forming and Testing Hypotheses 

Research Design

The Focus of This Book

Unresolved Issues–-Are We All Becoming Mentally Ill? The Expanding Horizons of Mental Disorder


Chapter 2 : Historical and Contemporary Views of Abnormal Behavior

Historical Views of Abnormal Behavior

Toward Humanitarian Approaches

Emergence of Contemporary Views of Abnormal Behavior

Unresolved Issues–-Interpreting Historical Events


Chapter 3 : Causal Factors and Viewpoints

Causes and Risk Factors for Abnormal Behavior

Viewpoints for Understanding the Causes of Abnormal Behavior

The Biological Viewpoint And Biological Causal Factors

The Psychological Viewpoints

Psychological Causal Factors

The Sociocultural Viewpoint

Sociocultural Causal Factors

Unresolved Issues–-Theoretical Viewpoints and the Causes of Abnormal Behavior


Chapter 4 : Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis

The Basic Elements in Assessment

Assessment of the Physical Organism

Psychosocial Assessment

The Integration of Assessment Data 

Classifying Abnormal Behavior

Unresolved Issues–-Need for Change in the DSM


Chapter 5 : Stress and Physical and Mental Health

What Is Stress?

Stress and the Stress Response

Cardiovascular Disease

Treatment of Stress-Related Physical Disorders

Adjustment Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Prevention and Treatment of Stress Disorders

Unresolved Issues–-What Should the Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD Be?


Chapter 6 : Panic, Anxiety, and Their Disorders

The Fear and Anxiety Response Patterns

Overview of the Anxiety Disorders and Their Commonalities Specific Phobias

Social Phobias

Panic Disorder With and Without Agoraphobia

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Sociocultural Causal Factors for All Anxiety Disorders

Unresolved Issues–-Compulsive Hoarding: Is It a Subtype of OCD?


Chapter 7 : Mood Disorders and Suicide

What Are Mood Disorders?

Unipolar Mood Disorders

Causal Factors in Unipolar Mood Disorders

Bipolar Disorders

Causal Factors in Bipolar Disorder

Sociocultural Factors Affecting Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders

Treatments and Outcomes

Unresolved Issues–-Is There a Right to Die?


Chapter 8 : Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

Somatoform Disorders

Dissociative Disorders

Unresolved Issues–-DID and the Reality of “Recovered Memories”


Chapter 9 : Eating Disorders and Obesity

Clinical Aspects of Eating Disorders

Risk and Causal Factors in Eating Disorders

Treatment of Eating Disorders

Risk and Causal Factors in Obesity

Treatment of Obesity

Unresolved Issues


Chapter 10 : Personality Disorders

Clinical Features of Personality Disorders

Difficulties Doing Research on Personality Disorders

Cluster A Personality Disorders

Cluster B Personality Disorders

Cluster C Personality Disorders

Treatments and Outcomes for Personality Disorders

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy

Unresolved Issues–-Axis Ii Of Dsm-Iv-Tr: Moving Toward A Dimensional System Of Classification


Chapter 11 : Substance-Related Disorders

Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

Drug Abuse and Dependence

Unresolved Issues–-Exchanging Addictions: Is This an Effective Approach?


Chapter 12 : Sexual Variants, Abuse, and Dysfunctions

Sociocultural Influences on Sexual Practices and Standards

Sexual and Gender Variants

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Dysfunctions

Unresolved Issues–-How Harmful Is Childhood Sexual Abuse?


Chapter 13 : Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders


Clinical Picture

Risk and Causal Factors

Treatments and Outcomes

Unresolved Issues–-Can Schizophrenia Be Prevented?


Chapter 15 : Disorders of Childhood and Adolesence

Maladaptive Behavior in Different Life Periods

Common Disorders of Childhood

Anxiety and Depression In Children and Adolescents 

Symptom Disorders: Enuresis, Encopresis, Sleepwalking, and Tics

Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Learning Disabilities and Mental Retardation

Planning Better Programs to Help Children And Adolescents

Unresolved Issues–-Can Society Deal with Delinquent Behavior?


Chapter 16 : Therapy

An Overview of Treatment

Measuring Success in Psychotherapy

What Therapeutic Approaches Should Be Used?

Psychosocial Approaches to Treatment

Sociocultural Perspectives

Biological Approaches to Treatment

Unresolved Issues–-Is There Bias in the Reporting of Drug Trials?


Chapter 17 : Contemporary and Legal Issues in Abnormal Psychology

Perspectives 0n Prevention

Controversial Legal Issues and the Mentally Disordered

Organized Efforts for Mental Health

Challenges for the Future

Unresolved Issues–-The HMOs and Mental Health Care

Product Details

Butcher, James N
Butcher, James N.
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Mineka, Susan
Hooley, Jill M.
Psychology, pathological
Mental Illness
Psychopathology - General
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Psychology : General
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