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Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Books a la Carte Edition, 8th Edition

By Jeffrey S. Nevid, Spencer A. Rathus, Beverly Greene

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 24, 2010


Psychology in a Changing World puts a human face on the study of Abnormal Psychology.  For courses in Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology.


Within the field of abnormal psychology, research developments continue to sharpen the understanding of abnormal behavior. In Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Nevid, Rathus, and Greene endeavor to bring these advances to students in a way that both stimulates interest and makes complex material understandable. More importantly, however, they recognize there is a basic human dimension to the study of abnormal psychology.  The approach the authors take is to help students enter the world of people suffering from the range of disorders they encounter in the text.  By including many illustrative case examples drawn from the authors' own case experiences and those of other practitioners, as well as through supplementary video cases, featuring interviews with real people diagnosed with different disorders, and a landmark pedagogical feature of first-person narratives from people struggling with psychological disorders, Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, 8th edition helps put a human face on the study of abnormal psychology.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction and Methods of Research

Chapter 2: Contemporary Perspectives on Abnormal Behavior

Chapter 3: Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior

Chapter 4:  Methods of Treatment

Chapter 5:  Stress, Psychological Factors, and Health

Chapter 6:  Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 7:  Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders

Chapter 8:  Mood Disorders and Suicide

Chapter 9:  Substance Abuse and Dependence

Chapter 10:  Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders

Chapter 11:  Disorders Involving Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 12:  Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Chapter 13:  Personality Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders

Chapter 14:  Abnormal Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence

Chapter 15:  Cognitive Disorders and Disorders Related to Aging

Chapter 16: Abnormal Psychology and the Law


Cases within the Text


At the beginning of every chapter and then integrated in the text, the student will find the following personal stories:


“Cowering Under the Covers” (Bipolar Disorder; Chapter 1)“Thomas Hears Voices” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 1)

“Pretty Grisly Stuff” (Claustrophobia; Chapter 1)      

“Jessica’s Little Secret” (Bulimia; Chapter 2)

“Jerry Has a Panic Attack on the Interstate” (Panic Disorder; Chapter 3)

“Susanna—‘A Girl, Interrupted’” (Suicide attempt; Chapter 4)

“Go! Go! It’s Coming Down!” (Traumatic stress; Chapter 5)

“I Felt Like I Was Going to Die Right Then and There” (Panic attack; Chapter 6)

“Just Checking” (Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder; Chapter 6)

“We Share a Single Body” (Dissociative Identity Disorder; Chapter 7)

“Sickened” (Münchausen Syndrome; Chapter 7)

“Darkness Visible” (Major depression; Chapter 8)

“An Unquiet Mind” (Bipolar Disorder; Chapter 8)

“Electroboy” (Manic Episode; Chapter 8)

“Leading a Normal Life” (Bipolar Disorder; Chapter 8)

“Nothing and Nobody Comes Before My Coke” (Substance Dependence; Chapter 9)

“Taking Away the Hurt I Feel” (Substance Dependence; Chapter 9)

“Surely They Can’t Mean Beer!” (Alcohol Dependence; Chapter 9)

“What’s Up with That?” (Bulimia; Chapter 10)

“He’s Only Sleepwalking” (Sleepwalking Disorder; Chapter 10)

“I Know Something None of You Will Ever Know” and “Everybody Is Born Unique, but Most of Us Die Copies” (Gender Identity Disorder; Chapter 11)

“Paralyzed with Anxiety” (Male Erectile Disorder; Chapter 11)

“I Never Thought It Would Happen to Me” and “Why Did She Put Up Such a Big Struggle?” (Date Rape; Chapter 11)

 “I Hear Something You Can’t Hear” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

“I and I, Dancing Fool, Challenge You the World to a Duel” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

“The Poverties” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

“The Voices Grow Softer” (Schizophrenia; Chapter 12)

"Walking on Eggshells” (Borderline Personality Disorder; Chapter 13)

“Rubbing Salt into a Wound” (Narcissistic Personality Disorder; Chapter 13)

“Living in the Labyrinth” (Alzheimer’s Disease; Chapter 13)

“My Dark Place” (Borderline Personality Disorder; Chapter 13)

“A World of My Own Creation” (Autistic Disorder; Chapter 14)

“I Didn’t Know What They (People) Were For” (Autistic Disorder; Chapter 14)

“Now Is the Last Best Time” (Alzheimer’s Disease; Chapter 15)

 “A Daughter’s Dilemma” (Alzheimer’s Disease; Chapter 15)

“Please Look into Your Heart” (John Hinckley’s diary; Chapter 16)



 "Controversies in Abnormal Psychology" Features within the Text


Jerry Deffenbacher of the University of Colorado, entitled “Anger Disorders and the DSM: Where Has All the Anger Gone?”

John Norcross and Gerald Koocher on discredited treatments: “Psychoquackery and Discredited Psychological Treatments in Mental Health”

Thomas Widiger on the DSM: “The Bible of Psychiatry”

William Sanderson on EBP: “The Controversy over Evidence-Based Practice: Repairing the Rift”

Charles Negy on acculturation and mental health: “Coming to America: The Case of Latinos”

Mark and Linda Sobell reflect on their personal perspectives on the controlled drinking controversy:  “In the Eye of the Storm: The Controlled Drinking Controversy”

Wendy Slutske on pathological gambling: “Losing $10 Million: A Case of Pathological Gambling?”

Online Therapy: A New Therapeutic Tool or Pandora’s Box?

Is It All in the Genes?

EMDR: Fad or Find?

Are Recovered Memories Credible?

Why Are More Women Depressed?

Should Barbie Be Banned?

Gender Identity Disorder:  Pathology or Cultural Creation  (NEW)

“Cybersex Addiction”—A New Psychological Disorder?

Is Mental Illness a Myth?

Personality Disorders:  Categories or Dimensions?  (NEW)

Are We Overmedicating Our Kids?

The Bipolar Kid (NEW)

The Danger Lurking Within: Would You Want to Know? (Genetic testing)

Falling Through the Cracks:  What Should We Do About the “Wild Man of West 96th Street?”