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Clinical Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies

Clinical Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies

First Edition
Edited by:

July 2019 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Clinical Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies traces 14 ground-breaking studies by researchers such as Leo Kanner, David T. Lykken and Aaron T. Beck to re-examine and reflect on their findings and engage in a lively discussion of the subsequent work that they have inspired. Revisiting the Classic Studies is a series of texts that introduces readers to the studies in psychology that changed the way we think about core topics in the discipline today. It provokes students to ask more interesting and challenging questions about the field by encouraging a deeper level of engagement, both with the details of the studies themselves and with the nature of their contribution. Written by researchers at the cutting edge of these developments, the chapters in each text provide details of the original works, as well as their theoretical and empirical impact. 
Richard Bentall
Defining “Insanity” – Building on Rosenhan (1973)
Dirk Hermans, Yannick Boddez & Bram Vervliet
The Experimental Study of Mental Health Problems – Building on Watson & Rayner (1920)
Adrian Whittington
The Origins of Cognitive Therapy – Building on Beck (1964)
David Mason, Vicki Grahame & Jacqui Rodgers
Defining Autistic Spectrum Disorder – Building on Kanner (1943)
Clara Strauss
Cognitive Models of Depression – Building on Beck (1987)
Gail Goodman, Samara Wolpe & Lauren Gonzalvez
Trauma and Repressed Memories – Building on Williams (1995)
Maree Abbott & Alice Norton
Negative Automatic Thoughts and Mental Health – Building on Wenzlaff, Klein & Wegner (1991)
Louise Waddington
Learned Helplessness & Depression – Building on Seligman (1974)
Christine Purdon
Panic Disorder as a Psychological Problem – Building on Clark (1986)
Ed Watkins
Cognitive-Behavioural Analyses of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Building on Salkovskis (1985)
Filippo Varese & Gillian Haddock
Depression as an Attributional Style – Building on Alloy, Lipman & Abramson (1992)
Scott Koenig and Yu Gao
The Diathesis-Stress Model of Psychosis – Building on Brown & Birley (1968)
Rudi Dallos
The Antisocial Personality – Building on Lykken (1957)

It is only by understanding the past that we can truly appreciate the progress that has been made and how new ways of thinking then, and now, have to occur for progress in clinical psychology to continue. This book provides an excellent account of key studies that changed our understanding of mental health and clinical psychology. It is an easy book to dip into and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about each ground-breaking study and learning how much influence and impact each one has had on current knowledge. If you want an insight into research and theories that have shaped contemporary clinical psychology then this is the book to read. 

Dr Lynn McInnes CPsychol SFHEA AFBPS
Department of Psychology, Northumbria University

Vital read! This book reminds us of how far we have come in the discipline and how far we have yet to go! An invaluable addition to a psychologists bookshelf.

Dr Clare Elmi-Glennan
Lecturer in Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Graham Davey has drawn together a group of well-informed authors to critically review the impact of key studies on endeavors to understand and help people in distress. This book offers an essential overview for students in healthcare professions, while offering practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their practice and challenge underlying assumptions.


Simon Easton, Chartered and Clinical Psychologist
University of Portsmouth

The book is genius! The contributors to this very valuable resource have invested a good deal of time, effort and themselves, in order to present to interested parties an amalgamation of the pioneering research undertaken by key historical figures, that has acted as a catalyst in shaping the evolution of clinical psychology today in terms of  research, policy and evidence-based practice. 

Dr. Noreen Caswell
University of Central Lancashire

This edited book introduces a broad range of topics relevant to clinical psychology. It takes a unique approach, with each chapter focusing on a study that provided crucial insights or brought about a step change to the field. The result is an informative introduction to clinical psychology, grounded in historically important research.

Helen Dodd
School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading