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  • Paperback: 742 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; Pap/Psc edition (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273742302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273742302
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The material is well written, engaging and has a pronounced contemporary feel... I can see it being the sole text for my course" John Bogue, NUI, Galway

A brand new comprehensive European introduction to abnormal psychology that uniquely integrates clinical and forensic psychology. It guides you expertly through the spectrum of disorders whilst also exploring historical context, critical issues and psychological paradigms alongside essential practical coverage of research methods, assessment and diagnosis.

Case studies offer a unique and intimate portrait of each disorder, bringing the concepts to life, through personal experience

Opening vignettes open each chapter with a topical and thought-provoking discussion

International perspective puts the spotlight on cross-cultural issues and perspectives

Research explores how psychological studies have shaped psychopathology

Focus highlights the most interesting debates and examples in more depth, from nature vs. nurture and the mad bad debate, to obesity as food addiction

Visit the website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/holmes and...

…watch fascinating video interviews with real disorder sufferers and "day in the life" documentaries charting their experiences

…listen to interviews with forensic specialists discussing their research and activities

…read the full and unabridged case studies from the book for greater clinical understanding, and answer accompanying questions raising the pertinent issues

…take a quick multiple choice test for each chapter

"Well written… it gives a broad overview of clinical psychopathology"

Leonore de Wit, Vrije University Amsterdam

"The author goes beyond what is usually covered in this type of textbook and makes a real effort to present the picture of a disorder in the context of the wider society"

Phil Tyson, University of Gloucestershire

"An authoritative description of some mental disorders with links to applied psychology fields. It is both informative and educative… I found the material interesting and the case studies very appealing"

Jose Prados, University of Leicester

"Clearly written, interesting and engaging"

Val Tuck, Newcastle University

"Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the writing and the content"

Ronan O’Carroll, University of Stirling


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This book is a must for any student (at any point in their education - whether just stating out, undergraduate or even masters), lecturer or researcher. Want to know how to sum up complex, intriguing psychological in an in depth, understandable format? - look no further!

The book not only accurately sums up key psychological issues of contemporary and historical psychology, but also has great sections on areas relating to areas key in contemporary forensic, clinical and psychological literature. For example the book has a wonderful section summing up 21st century biological positivist views - in particular that of Raine!

Furthermore the book aptly assesses and evaluates new areas including Kleptomania, Cyber crime and Mood Disorders.

Its not just the Authors contribution which is impressive the Guest Chapters On Schizophrenia and Research Methods currently used in Contemporary Forensic Research are brilliant and insightful as well.

Furthermore the Disk comes with a comprehensive, interactive and insanely useful DVD/CD-ROM, which combines real life interviews, interactive multiple choice questions on the literature, stories which explore contemporary debates, and documentaries, a key text for any undergraduate student!!
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Great book, starting University doing Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) in September 2011.

Be a great book to start getting insight! Modern feel, very colourful, great use of diagrams and imagery.

Great for any undergraduate!!
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This is excellent and readable coverage of the topic for both the undergraduate student and lecturer with up to date case studies and flashes of humour which makes even some of the more dense subject areas memorable.
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After studying psychology with a specialisation in forensic psychology for several years in a different country I came across this book. It's a riddle to me how everyone else could possibly praise it or recommend it to anyone. It is utterly uncritical towards everything contemporary mainstream psychology and, while proposing that several opposing theories and challenging views are merely radically wrong and/or narrow-minded (e.g. 'sociology', which is being named in one go with scientology and everything anti-psychiatry is basically put on a level with psychoanalysis), it is itself manipulative and reckless in it's attempt to disencourage each and every kind of thoughtful reflection, it mixes undifferentiated criticisms and charlatanry. If the cautious reader looks up terms like 'Anti-Psychiatry' he or she might find this movement at least in general has little to do with parapsychology or radical ideologies. For instance we find on the Wikipedia:

'Controversy has often surrounded psychiatry, and the anti-psychiatry message is that psychiatric treatments are ultimately more damaging than helpful to patients. Psychiatry is often thought to be a benign medical practice, but at times is seen by some as a coercive instrument of oppression. Psychiatry is seen to involve an unequal power relationship between doctor and patient, and a highly subjective diagnostic process, leaving too much room for opinions and interpretations. Every society, including liberal Western society, permits compulsory treatment of mental patients.

Psychiatry's history involves what some view as dangerous treatments. Electroconvulsive Therapy was one of these, which was used widely between the 1930s and 1960s.
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