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Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders 6th Revised edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070165076
ISBN-10: 0070165076
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About the Author

Professor Whitbourne received her Ph. D. from Columbia University and has dual specializations in life-span developmental psychology and clinical psychology. She has taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo and the University of Rochester. At the University of Massachusetts, she received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2002, she received the Psi Chi Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award and presented the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture at the Eastern Psychological Association 2001 meeting. She is the Honors Coordinator in the Psychology Department and the Director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement in Commonwealth Honors College. The author of fourteen books and over one hundred journal articles and book chapters, Professor Whitbourne is regarded as an expert in the field of personality development in adulthood and old age. She is currently the APA Council Representative of Division 20 of APA (Adult Development and Aging), having also served as Division 20 President. She is also a Fellow of Divisions 2 (Teaching of Psychology) and 12 (Clinical Psychology). Professor Whitbourne has developed nationally recognized approaches to technological innovations in teaching, and the web site she developed for her introductory psychology course was selected as a McGraw-Hill Web Cafe "Site of the Month."

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 6th Revised edition edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070165076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070165076
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By the young on June 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As any undergraduate student probably knows, most college courses require a textbook; many of which are so painfully long and monotonous that it's really hard to stay focused on the material being read. 'Abnormal Psychology,' on the other hand, was a pleasure to read. Halgin and Whitbourne have presented this subject in a style that's informative, yet clear and concise, and above all...interesting. Included are case studies that accompany each chapter, providing helpful examples of the psychological disorders being addressed (e.g., personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, etc.), along with video clips in the cd-rom. In addition, the writing style itself makes for a smooth read. This book is definitely recommended for understanding abnormal psychology (and if you're a student I'd suggest the workbook too).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This edition was well done. Extra helps and case studies add depth to lectures. All Psych students could benefit from having this text in their collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hey Hey Paula on November 27, 2011
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This was required reading for my graduate level counseling diagnosis class and one of the few textbooks I really enjoyed reading. The material is fascinating and presented in a very clear format.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TBTS on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I literally have never read a more convoluted, baffling book. The authors somehow find ways to relate extremely simple concepts as grammar puzzles that need to be decoded. Most of the book is written with a lifeless, bureaucratic passive voice that hides the information.

Nancy Drew, all the detectives on Law & Order, and the Hardy Boys would have a hard time finding the point of many of these sentences. In fact, what often happened to me was I would read the same sentence two or three times to figure out just what the book was trying to say, only to find that it was something so painfully obvious that I wondered if perhaps I had brain damage. This is a theme of this book: hiding ideas which should be simple to understand behind a curtain of unnecessary words and passive voice. For example, on page 28:

"Researchers trying to understand the specific mechanisms involved in models of genetic transmission have found it helpful to study measurable characteristics whose family patterns parallel the pattern of a disorder's inheritance, called biological markers."

Try saying that out loud without pausing for breath. Did you learn from it? I swear to god that's a direct quote it's too absurd to make up.

My advice to a friend trying to study from the same book was to read the book with a black marker to cross out all the unnecessary words or rewrite important material back to English from the pseudo-intellectual moon speak the authors use.

Can you imagine a family dinner with these people? I can:

Bobby: "Dad, can you pass the butter?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C on February 11, 2013
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This book is very thorough and informative and I will probably even keep it after my Abnormal Psychology class for reference sake, but like someone else in the reviews had said, it has way too much extra noise. This book has such a round about way of saying things and it can get very frustrating. It reminds me of the way I sometimes would write long essays for school and would just keep adding already stated information in different ways just to make the paper longer. Though to be fair, it does seem to have a lot of information which easily relates to the psychology field in practice.. You just have to sort through the extra useless sentences.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smrtshopper on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found this textbook to be easy to understand, interesting in that it kept my attention, and very well done. First textbook I've actually read in its entirety.
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I like the fact that arrived on time. It was sold as used but the book was in excellent conditions. The professor discussed the entire book so it was money well spent. The only bad thing is the DSM IV data will be updated with the DSM V, making it kind of obsolete.
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By AJ3 on October 2, 2013
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Was ecstatic to find this international edition cheap after hearing how all these psychology books have to be changed in order to accommodate the new DSM-5. Good condition, and the pages were in color :) (Last international edition I bought was in black and white).
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