This essential introduction to abnormal and clinical psychology explores the
key areas, controversies and debates in the field and encourages students to
The textbook includes:
- the latest updates from DSM-5 and ICD-10 and a balanced critique of the DSM approach
- an extensive range of pedagogy including ‘Essential Debate’ and ‘Essential Experience’ boxes that encourage critical thinking and provide real-life case study examples
- Concise, accessible and neatly structured chapters which provide you with answers to questions such as What is the disorder? How does the disorder develop? What is going on in the mind and brain of the sufferer? and How is the disorder treated?
- Additional student resources available on the companion website (study.sagepub.com/fieldandcartwrighthatton)
This is a must-read text for all students taking Undergraduate Abnormal and Clinical Psychology modules and provides a crucial framework of study for all students taking Postgraduate courses in this area too.
CHAPTER 1: THE BIG ISSUES IN CLASSIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS, AND RESEARCH INTO PSYCHOLOGICAL
What is Abnormal?
How are Psychological Disorders Classified?
What are the Problems with the Diagnostic Approach?
How do we Conduct Research into Psychological Disorders?
What are the Main Approaches to Understanding Psychological Disorders?
CHAPTER 2: HOW ARE PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS TREATED?
Medication versus Psychological Approaches
Researching and Evaluating Treatments for Psychological Disorders
The Range and Scope of the Psychologist’s Work
How CBT Works
The Ethics of Psychological Therapy
CHAPTER 3: CHILDHOOD DISORDERS
Anxiety Disorders of Childhood
Childhood Behaviour Problems
CHAPTER 4: SCHIZOPHRENIA
What is schizophrenia?
How does schizophrenia develop?
Brain and cognitive mechanisms in schizophrenia
How is schizophrenia treated?
CHAPTER 5: MOOD DISORDERS
What are depression and mania?
How do mood disorders develop?
Brain and cognitive mechanisms in mood disorders
How are mood disorders treated?
CHAPTER 6: GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
What is generalized anxiety disorder?
How does GAD develop?
Brain and cognitive mechanisms in GAD
How is GAD treated?
CHAPTER 7: SPECIFIC PHOBIAS
What is a specific phobia?
How do we acquire phobias?
Do we think ourselves into being scared?
How are specific phobias treated?
CHAPTER 8: PANIC DISORDER AND SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
How are panic disorder and social anxiety disorder diagnosed and how do they differ from each other?
Can we explain panic disorder?
Can we explain social anxiety disorder?
How are panic disorder and social anxiety disorder treated?
CHAPTER 9: SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
What is substance use disorder?
How does substance use disorder develop?
Brain and cognitive mechanisms in SUD
How are substance use disorders treated?
CHAPTER 10: EATING DISORDERS
What are eating disorders?
How do eating disorders develop?
Brain and cognitive mechanisms in eating disorders
How are eating disorders treated?
CHAPTER 11: PERSONALITY DISORDERS
What are personality disorders?
How do personality disorders develop?
Brain and cognitive mechanisms in personality disorders
How are personality disorders managed and treated?