More Abnormal Psychology Texts: Observations on a Mixed Lot

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 55–57. Reviews the books, Abnormal Psychology in the Life Cycle by Lawrence R. Allman and Dennis T. Jaffe (1978); Abnormal Psychology: An Experimental Clinical Approach. 2nd ed. by Gerald C. Davison and John M. Neale (1978); Abnormal Psychology by Morton G. Harmatz (1978); and Abnormal Behavior: Perspectives in Conflict. 2nd ed. by Richard H. Price (1978). The second book deserves the attention of all who teach abnormal psychology. Though behavior disorders of childhood, receive only sporadic and unsatisfactory attention. The third book does not conform exactly to what one expects in abnormal psychology textbooks. Its most unusual feature is that psychotherapy, is given lengthier and better treatment. This book, represents a departure from the prototypical abnormal psychology textbook. The most disappointing offering is the first book in which the authors attempt to develop a systems approach to abnormal psychology as it involves developmental life cycle processes. The last book is not a comprehensive, survey-type textbook. Price has added a number of learning aids-projects, glossary, examples designed to enhance the book's utility from an instructional point of view. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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