Psychopathology and Life,
4th Edition

Chris Kearney

ISBN-13: 9780357797846
Copyright 2024 | Published
640 pages | List Price: USD $237.95

Gain a contemporary, science-based view of psychopathology that emphasizes the individual first with Kearney’s ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LIFE: A DIMENSIONAL APPROACH, 4E. This updated edition features interesting clinical cases and real first-person narratives that help you view abnormal behavior along a continuum. You learn how to place the behavior of an individual at the forefront of clinical definition, assessment and treatment. This edition also gives you an understanding of the features and epidemiologies, risk factors and prevention, assessment and treatment, and long-term prognosis and associated stigma of mental disorders. Special sections specifically designed for college students highlight ideas for anyone experiencing symptoms of mental disorders. Other consumer-based material emphasizes how this content assists you in becoming an intelligent consumer of mental health information. MindTap digital resources are also available to reinforce your understanding.


1. Abnormal Psychology and Life.
2. Perspectives on Abnormal Psychology.
3. Risk and Prevention of Mental Disorders.
4. Diagnosis, Assessment, and Study of Mental Disorders.
5. Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Trauma-Related Disorders.
6. Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders.
7. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders and Suicide.
8. Eating Disorders.
9. Substance-Related Disorders.
10. Personality Disorders.
11. Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria.
12. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.
13. Developmental and Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
14. Neurocognitive Disorders.
15. Consumer Guide to Abnormal Psychology.

  • Chris Kearney

    Christopher A. Kearney is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is also Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kearney's research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, post-traumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents as well as issues of quality of life in persons with severe handicaps. The author of several books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics, Dr. Kearney also conducts workshops for school districts and mental health and other agencies regarding school refusal behavior and selective mutism. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12; Clinical Psychology), he is a recipient of the William Morris Award for Scholarship, the Barrick Scholar Award, the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, and the Academic Advisor Award-Graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Kearney received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center before moving to Las Vegas.

  • UPDATES AND REVISED CONTENT HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST CHANGES IN THE FIELD. This edition presents carefully updated scholarly information as well as revised specialty boxes with important material that is relevant to today’s world, including advancements in technology.

  • THOROUGH CONTENT ADDRESSES THE SYMPTOMS, BACKGROUND, ASSESSMENTS AND TREATMENTS FOR EACH MAJOR DISORDER. Engaging content helps your students consider individuals with mental health disorders as real people. Students see how these patients vary in risk factors and appear in different places on the behavioral continuum for each disorder.

  • TWO UNIQUE CHAPTERS FOCUS ON CAREERS AND ON RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION. This edition's Chapter 3 highlights both risk factors and disorder prevention. This edition's Chapter 15 presents a consumer's guide to abnormal psychology. This chapter discusses both careers for students in the mental health profession and how to become a client of those services.

  • CLEAR DISCUSSIONS EXPLAIN AND ILLUSTRATE THE VARYING DEGREES OF EACH DISORDER. Each disorder chapter contains at least one continuum that demonstrates the varying degrees of the disorder by using a common, relatable situation. For example, the anxiety disorder continuum shows the normal to severe levels of worry, anxiety and fear that an individual interviewing for a new job may experience.

  • PERSONAL NARRATIVES ENGAGE READERS WITH FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE OR CLOSE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS A PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER. Students gain glimpses into the lives of real people living with a psychological disorder. They also read discussions from the family or friends affected by those living with a disorder or the professionals who try to help. This edition clearly demonstrates how effectively treating a disorder begins by assessing each individual in a holistic fashion.

  • LEARNING FEATURES HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND, REMEMBER AND APPLY KEY PRINCIPLES. Interesting and current case studies prompt deeper consideration with "What Do You Think?" questions. In addition, DSM-5-TR tables, interim summaries and review questions assist students in retaining and applying material from each chapter.

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