“The truth is … we are biosocial organisms”

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 236–237. Reviews the book, Abnormal Psychology: Clinical and Scientific Perspectives by Barclay Martin (1977). The major theme of this present text on abnormal psychology emphasizes an “interaction concept” more than usual attention to interactional and systems approaches to psychopathology, especially as applied to family and marital systems. The mutuality of interaction between parent and child and in the daily struggles of people with their problems of living are personalized by the author. The author's style of writing maintains the interest of the reader, although there is at times a naivete. All in all, the author seems to have achieved his several goals and his text is among the better ones in the field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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