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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; 8th edition edition (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464102864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464102868
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.5 x 27.5 cm
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A balanced, authoritative and objective portrait of the field today, encompassing all major theoretical models of abnormality, research directions, clinical expectations, therapies and controversies

About the Author

RONALD J. COMER is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Princeton University, USA. He is also a Practicing Clinical Psychologist and serves as a Consultant to the Eden Institute for Persons with Autism, USA, to hospitals, and to family practice residency programs throughout New Jersey.

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I purchased this book for my second year psychology course. The module was abnormal psychology and I found the textbook to be up to date with relevant research for my studies.

The textbook came quicker than expected and in excellent condition. I would recommend this seller.
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HASH(0x89765b7c) out of 5 stars Sorry to give it up 16 Mar. 2007
By JAC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If I didn't need the money so badly, I'd keep this textbook. It's the first time I haven't been dying to get rid of a textbook. Make no mistake. This book is intelligent, a great read, and the layout is not overdone (unlike some books where your eye doesn't know where to look first). For me, it is the perfect model for a psychology text--reading never felt like an assignment or chore. It really was something I looked forward to.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x893f3930) out of 5 stars The best text book in the field so far 4 Feb. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Only after having to read and digest so many boring and endless text books, first medical ones, and then psychological, I can apreciate a good one when I see it. "Abnormal Psychology" is an easy to read, elegantly formated, and very interesting book about the subject. It is not, however, what one might call popular sceince type. Fitting very well for 1st-2nd year students, it will serve as a waem welcome into the world of pathopsychology.
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HASH(0x89d146b4) out of 5 stars great book, love the loose leaf 13 Feb. 2013
By Ginny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Loose Leaf Verified Purchase
This is one of the easiest to read textbooks I've ever seen. It's set up with a magazine type format, complete with sidebars and jokes (New Yorker magazine style). It's up to date and addresses the current DSM-IV-TR with expectations for the soon to be released DSM-V.
I ordered the loose leaf version since it was less expensive, not sure if I would like it, and it's turned out that I prefer this setup. I can remove a chapter or a few pages and hold them to read - much more comfortable and portable than handling the whole book all the time. I hope other texts are available in this format!
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HASH(0x893f3828) out of 5 stars A joy to read! Not too technical, but full of useful info! 11 May 1999
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Format: Hardcover
I liked this text because it presented the information in an unbiased manner. It used a lot of case studies and current events to support the various psychological theories. The CD ROM was extra helpful because it had quizzes over each chapter as well as videos.
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HASH(0x893f3840) out of 5 stars Disappointing, biased, and at times confuses moralizing with science 20 Nov. 2012
By Ken Miller (kmiller@uic.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'd heard good things about Comer's textbook and ordered it for my Abnormal Psychology class. It's been a disappointment to me and to my students.

(1) Despite decades of well conducted research on attachment theory, Comer relegates discussion of psychodynamic theory to Freudian theory--essentially holding up a straw man (perhaps so he can disparage the approach?). It's like holding up the Wright Brothers in teaching a course on aerodynamics and ignoring all the progress since their time. I've had to add readings and discussion of attachment theory throughout, and have told students to skip over much of Comer's discussion of Freud. Not inaccurate, just not especially relevant today.

(2) Comer cherry picks the research findings. Sure, there's good evidence for the efficacy of CBT interventions, but there have also been at least 3 metanalyses showing a lack of differential treatment effectiveness among the major approaches. Where's that discussion, to balance out the presentation? And again, why present drive theory approaches to treatment as representative of psychodynamic thinking? Students are ill served by that sort of biased approach.

(3) Comer has an annoying habit of presenting very detailed findings from various biochemical studies on the disorders he presents, then saying something like, "More recent studies contract the other research, and we really don't know the truth at this point." If that's so, then for undergraduates, it may not be worth going into such great detail about biochemical and brain-related findings that lack consistent support in the literature.

(4) Finally, it's okay to moralize, but not to disguise moralizing as an unbiased presentation of science. This happens on various occasions, such as the "Psych Watch" box on Ecstasy. He warns against the drug, loading the discussion with cautions about all the potentially harmful side effects; yet, little mention is made of its therapeutic benefits for treating PTSD, or other experimental therapeutic uses (e.g., in end of life care). There's also little evidence that moderate use is associated with the perils he warns students against, and it simply comes across as a conservative scolding to undergrads who might want to experiment.

Comer's certainly not a bad writer, and he's covered a lot of the key topics I'd want in an Abnormal text. But his oversight of attachment theory and its strong body of research germane to psychopathology, and overloading of microscopic details on biomedical side, and his cherry picking of findings regarding treatment efficacy have convinced me to look for a different textbook in the future and to recommend likewise to colleagues.

Ken Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Lesley University
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