Development of Psychopathology
A Vulnerability-Stress Perspective
- Benjamin L. Hankin - University of South Carolina, USA
- John R.Z. Abela
Counselling and Psychotherapy (General) | Psychiatry | Psychopathology (General)
Brings together leading experts in the field of vulnerability, stress, specific vulnerabilities to psychological disorders, psychopathological disorders, and clinical interventions.
In order to facilitate a consistent focus throughout the book, contributing authors were given explicit guidelines and outlines to follow for chapters in each of the various parts.
"A book integrating developmental psychopathology within a vulnerability stress framework is highly desirable. Within my graduate psychopathology course, I strive to integrate these two areas but an appropriate text has been lacking! This text seeks to fill the void."
"Bringing together developmental psychopathology frameworks and the vulnerability-stress models of psychological disorders in an excellent idea. I am aware of no other book that incorporates these two approaches. Having taught Psychopathology courses for both masters and doctoral students, I reviewed many books to recommend and use in the courses. It is my belief that a book of this type is needed particularly for graduate students."
"a blending of two important approaches to understanding psychopathology- the developmental approach and the vulnerability approach. I think a book like this is timely, is needed, and would be of interest to professors who teach courses in psychopathology at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels."
"I am continually looking for alternatives to the traditional undergraduate textbook of psychopathology…I prefer to assign edited volumes as primary texts in my classes because such volumes expose students to material that has not been "dumbed down” for undergraduates…a book combining the developmental and vulnerability-stress perspective is a useful addition and the editors generally have selected a strong list of authors….This is precisely the type of book I seek when choosing a textbook for my classes."
Though I have yet to finish reading this text, I have to say that what I have read so far provides an excellent theoretical overview of the "hard problem" for clinical psychology: predictive models of psychopathology.
I would particularly recommend this text to anyone who wishes to develop a strong theoretical foundation on which to build their understanding of common mental health problems in adults.
I would certainly recommend some of these chapters to my final year undergraduates who wish to stretch and challenge themselves.