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Understanding Abnormal Behavior 9th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0547154410
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About the Author

David Sue is professor emeritus of psychology at Western Washington University, where he is an associate of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research. He has served as the director of the Psychology Counseling Clinic and the Mental Health Counseling Program. He and his wife co-authored the book COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY and he is co-author of COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE: THEORY AND PRACTICE. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University. His research interests revolve around multicultural issues in individual and group counseling.

Derald Wing Sue is professor of psychology and education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has written extensively in the field of counseling psychology and multicultural counseling/therapy and is co-author of a bestselling book, COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE: THEORY AND PRACTICE. Dr. Sue has served as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and has received numerous awards for teaching and service. He received his doctorate from the University of Oregon.

Stanley Sue is professor of psychology and director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity at Palo Alto University. From 1971 to 1981, he was assistant and associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington; Professor of Psychology, UCLA (1981-1996); and professor of psychology at UC Davis (1996-2010 and now emeritus distinguished professor). Dr. Sue served as the 2010 president of the Western Psychological Association.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 9 edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547154410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547154411
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shame on kindle and amazon for not being honest and saying that this book does not show images ----why would you rent a book if it wasn't complete? I will make sure to warn future kindle users-this was my first and last time using kindle
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The Kindle version is awful and a waste of money. Not only do you not get page numbers for the Kindle App on the Mac, but certain tables and pictures are "blocked due to copyright." Did I not pay for this textbook? Figures are a vital part of the textbook. I want my money back!
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I took abnormal psych. over the summer (I don't recommend that people do this unless you want to study almost 9 hours a day (that is included class time). My class was only 4 weeks (normal class is 17 weeks).

The book is clear and concise. I love the Sue's style of writing and especially for their extending focus on cultural competence issues and theory. Most psych books don't spend much time on cultural-competence, nor do that spend much time in integrating multi-population concerns, in relation to pathology and it looks different for different cultures. They are taking the topic out the out of the Western/Euro-centric lenses, testing biases of the practice (theoretical approaches) and offering a new way of viewing pathology.

I love the color images and the diversity imagery. It is very inclusive. However, I do take issue with their assessment of DSM IV Axis I Sexually and Gender Identity Disorder (subcategories). I will wish that researchers would start challenging the APA's unfair and biased viewpoint of the umbrella category. Criminal behavior (pedophilia) should not be in the same category with consensual adult behavior. In any event, that would be the only section that I really disagree with in their book.
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Clearly written, and very understandable. That is saying a lot for a psychology book! Anyone studying psychology will understand what I mean. Sometimes the texts speak in a language that is too clinical or theoretical to completely understand. This is clear and concise.
It is really heavy though! I wish it qualified for the Matchbook program with Kindle or I had just purchased the e-book.
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Well written textbook. Easy to read and follow. Divided into relevant sections in an organized manner. Nice book!
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Understanding Abnormal Behavior was a required book for my Psychology class. It's a textbook but it's not boring by any means. The book itself is very well written and the authors give you a very good insight as to what is happening to an individual who has a mental disease. They also have hundreds of images and real life stories throughout the book as well.
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the book was tattered and torn and had water marks all over it. I really feel cheated. I had to dump the book and try to source a new one. the person who sold that knew that they were selling garbage and yet they took my money, I'll be very careful in the future when I buy used books.
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This text is available in a new edition. I've been using this text in my Abnormal Psychology course for several editions. The new 10th edition is significantly different from the 9th edition--not to mention more expensive. Chapters have been added to the new edition and material has been re-arranged. There is a considerable amount of information about the new DSM revision. Students who are taking an Abnormal Psychology course might want to compare texts (table of contents, sample information) before deciding to use an older edition in an attempt to save money. Also, this new edition does not have a printed study guide available for students (unlike all previous editions). The publisher wants students to spend even more money to purchase online study help. While I liked previous editions better, this is still the best text available in the area. Very accurate, very comprehensive, doesn't include overly-long case history examples. I like the way it has separate chapters for the mood disorders and suicide because the authors see the two as very different disorders. Also, the authors take a 'multipath' perspective when examining the various disorders. This explains the disorders from the psychological, biological, social and sociocultural perspectives.
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