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Abnormal Psychology

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12th Edition

James Butcher, Susan Mineka,
Jill Hooley
800 pages

Brief Description

Since 1948, this distinguished textbook (formerly Carson, Butcher, and Mineka) has been considered the most comprehensive in its field.

With this strong academic foundation, the 12th edition introduces new topics, fresh insights, and sharper focus on research in psychopathology.

The author team offers students the most thorough explanation of psychopathology possible, and in doing so they create a learning experience that invokes thought, increases awareness, and takes students to levels of understanding that other books do not offer.

The Twelfth Edition of this book features a striking new design, updated feature boxes and case studies, the most current research findings, and an esteemed new author, Jill Hooley of Harvard University. Jill Hooley is an experienced psychopathology researcher and Director of Clinical Psychology at Harvard. She brings a fresh perspective and an exceptional background in clinical training and research, particularly in schizophrenia.


  • Special feature boxes, “Developments in Research,” “Developments in Thinking,” “Developments in Practice,” and “The World Around Us,” focus on applications of research to everyday life, current events, and the latest research methodologies, technologies, and findings.
  • Selected chapters include end-of-chapter “Unresolved Issues” sections that provide insight into the future of the field of Psychology.
  • Extensive case studies of individuals with various disorders appear throughout the book; these cases show the human factor of disorders.
  • New to this edition, “In Review Questions” appear at the end of each major section, providing regular opportunities for students to assess their understanding of chapter material.
  • Key terms appear at the end of every chapter with the page numbers.
  • Chapters end with a Chapter Summary. New to this edition, the summary information is presented in bulleted lists rather than in paragraph form.

New to this Edition

Chapter 1, “Abnormal Psychology: An Overview” has been revised to provide students with a clearer, more in-depth explanation of research, the methods used, and which methods are typically used in specific cases.
Chapter 9, “Eating Disorders and Obesity.”—Previously located in other chapters, information on eating disorders and obesity has been brought together into a new chapter. Expanded coverage of these subjects will educate students personally and academically.
Chapter 14,“ Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders” has been completely rewritten and energized by schizophrenia specialist Jill Hooley. Her level of expertise in this area makes this student-favorite even more intriguing and fertile for discussion.
Chapter 16, “Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence” thoroughly covers mental retardation and learning disorders (previously located in the Cognitive Disorders chapter).
Considering the often close relationship between biological and psychological therapies, these topics are brought together into one chapter (ch. 17). Each method can be appreciated on its own, but also considered in unison with the other, as is often the case when treating patients.


1. Abnormal Psychology: An Overview.
What Do We Mean by Abnormal Behavior? How Common Are Mental Disorders? Research Approaches in Abnormal Psychology The Orientation of This Book.

2. Historical and Contemporary Views of Abnormal Behavior.
Historical Views of Abnormal Behavior. Toward Humanitarian Approaches. Contemporary Views of Abnormal Behavior.

3. Causal Factors and Viewpoints in Abnormal Psychology.
Causes and Risk Factors for Abnormal Behavior. Models or Viewpoints for Understanding Abnormal Behavior. The Biological Viewpoint and Biological Causal Factors. The Psychosocial Viewpoints. Psychosocial Causal Factors. The Sociocultural Viewpoint. Sociocultural Causal Factors.

4. Clinical Assessment.
The Basic Elements in Assessment. Assessment of the Physical Organism. Psychosocial Assessment. The Integration of Assessment Data.

5. Stress and Adjustment Disorders.
What Is Stress? The Effects of Severe Stress. Adjustment Disorder: Reactions to Common Life Stressors. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Reactions to Catastrophis Events. Treatment and Prevention of Stress Disorders.

6. Panic, Anxiety, and their Disorders.
The Fear and Anxiety Response Patterns. Overview of the Anxiety Disorders. Specific Phobias. Panic Disorder With and Without Agoraphobia. Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. General Sociocultural Causal Factors for All Anxiety Disorders.

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. Suicide.

8. Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders.
Somatoform Disorders. Dissociative Disorders.

9. Eating Disorders and Obesity.
Clinical Aspects of Eating Disorders. Risk and Causal Factors in Eating Disorders. Treatment of Eating Disorders. Obesity.

10. Health Problems and Behavior.
Psychological Factors in Health and Disease. Cardiovascular Disease. General Causal Factors in Physical Disease.

11. Personality Disorders.
Clinical Features of Personality Disorders. Difficulties Doing Research on Personality Disorders. Categories of Personality Disorders. Treatments and Outcomes. Antisocial Personality and Psychopathy.

12. Substance-Related Disorders.
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence. Drug Abuse and Dependence.

13. Sexual Variants, Abuse, and Dysfunctions.
Sociocultural Influences on Sexual Practices and Standards. Sexual and Gender Variants. Sexual Dysfunctions.

14. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.
Schizophrenia. The Clinical Picture in Schizophrenia. Subtypes of Schizophrenia. What Causes Schizophrenia. Treatment and Clinical Outcome.

15. Cognitive Disorders.
Brain Impairment in Adults. Delirium. Dementia. Amnestic Syndrome. Disorders Involving Head Injury.

16. Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence.
Maladaptive Behavior in Different Life Periods. Disorders of Childhood. Learning Disorders and Mental Retardation. Treatments, Outcomes, and Prevention.

17. Therapies.
An Overview of Treament. Measuring Success in Psychotherapy. What Therapeutic Approach Should Be Used? Psychological Approaches to Treatment. Psychotherapy and Society.

18. Contemporary and Legal Issues in Abnormal Psychology.
Perspectives on Prevention. Controversial Legal Issues and the Mentally Disordered. Organized Efforts for Mental Health. Challenges for the Future.

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