The discipline of abnormal psychology has become increasingly complex in recent years, particularly as it incorporates data from such sister disciplines as epidemiology, genetics, sociology, anthropology, and biology. In a thoroughgoing revision of the first edition of this classic text, published by Plenum in 1994, the editors have assembled a distinguished roster of contributors to address such topics as basic concepts and models, childhood and adolescent disorders, adult and older adult disorders, child treatment, and adult treatment. Not only will the student gain a comprehensive understanding of child and adult psychopathology, but the inclusion of specific sections on both child and adult treatment clearly illustrate the critical links between psychopathology and its remediation - a feature that will benefit instructors and students since all requisite material is included under one cover.
This textbook offers readers a description of psychopathology in adults and children as well as three specific treatment methodologies. The purpose is to offer readers a comprehensive description of psychopathology and strategies for the remediation of such psychopathology under one cover. The book is intended for graduate students and professors of psychology. The authors of each chapter demonstrate authority in their areas of expertise. The book includes tables and illustrations that are appropriate in size and number. The references are plentiful and current. However, the subject index should be expanded to include more subject headings. Although this book does provide its readers with information pertaining to psychopathology in adults and children and does illustrate three treatment methodologies, it is by no means comprehensive, and at times borders on redundancy. Rather than housing as much information as it does under one cover, readers would be better served by having a series of textbooks dedicated to child and adult psychopathology and a series of textbooks dedicated to treatment methodologies. Although it was the editor's intention to move away from having multiple volumes of texts on this subject, the attempt to combine such a vast amount of information in one textbook did not yield a comprehensive product.