Abnormal Psychology provides the most extensive coverage and integration of multicultural models. The authors help students to understand abnormal behavior as both a scientific and clinical endeavor while providing insight into the tools used by mental health professionals to study and treat disorders. For this purpose, Critical Thinking boxes provide evidence and questions that raise key issues, examine widely-held assumptions, or challenge students' own thinking to prompt them to examine issues as a psychologist wouldweighing evidence and applying theory. The Seventh Edition also maintains the prevalence rate, onset, and course charts to aid readers in defining and conceptualizing disorders from the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories.
Revisions to the edition include updated coverage of suicide and mental health services issues; integrated information on violence in society and the use of drugs in the U.S.; expanded and balanced data of the biological perspective; updated DSM-IV charts, diagnostic tables, and research throughout; and expanded discussion of the scientific methods.