Drawn from the strengths of the full version this brief introduction provides readers with a firm foundation in the field of abnormal psychology. The book adopts an interactive approach designed to help students examine how multiple factors influence the development of psychological disorders. Engaging case examples demonstrate the influence of diversity and self-scoring questionnaires involve readers in the material. This streamlined version of the full volume provides complete coverage of theoretical perspectives and methods of treatment, classification and assessment of abnormal behavior, stress, anxiety, Dissociative and Somatoform disorders, mood, eating and sleep disorders, gender identity disorder, schizophrenia, abnormal behavior in childhood and adolescence and disorders related to aging. For mental health professionals and individuals interested in abnormal behavior.