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Casebook in Abnormal Psychology, 5th Edition

  • Timothy A. Brown
  • David H. Barlow
  • ISBN-10: 130597171X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305971714
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 2001
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Using cases from the authors' files or from case files of other working clinicians, CASEBOOK IN ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY portrays the rich and arresting nature of disorders manifested in real people. Cases illustrate every major DSM-5 category, followed by a therapy outcome section that tells the "rest of the story" of what happened to these clients. Using an integrative approach, the authors emphasize the multiple causes of disorders and incorporate developmental and cultural issues in each case. Complex cases are presented without a diagnosis, so students can come up with a diagnosis on their own. This Fifth Edition has been fully updated to present the advances in scientific knowledge and revisions to the definitions of psychological disorders found in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).


  • The authors' use of authentic -- rather than idealistic -- cases gives students a flavor of real clients with disorders.

  • The authors identify situations in which the case is atypical of the diagnosis.

  • The selection of cases offers a racial/ethnic/gender balance not found in other casebooks.

  • Chapter outlines in the detailed Table of Contents help structure the chapter's content and provide a roadmap to help focus students' reading.

  • Each chapter begins with a brief background of the case and the patient and then presents the Clinical History, DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Formulation Using the Integrative Model, Course of Treatment and Treatment Outcome, a Discussion, and end-of-chapter "Thinking Critically" questions.

About the Author

Timothy A. Brown

Timothy A. Brown is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston University, and Director of Research at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. He has published extensively in the areas of the classification of anxiety and mood disorders, vulnerability to emotional disorders, psychometrics, and methodological advances in social sciences research. In addition to conducting his own grant-supported research, Dr. Brown serves as a statistical investigator or consultant on numerous federally funded research projects. He has been on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including a longstanding appointment as Associate Editor to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

David H. Barlow

David H. Barlow is an internationally recognized expert and leader in clinical psychology, having pioneered many treatments and investigations in anxiety and mood disorders. Currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at Boston University, Dr. Barlow is also founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, one of the largest research clinics of its kind in the world. Previously, he was Distinguished Professor at State University of New York at Albany. From 1975 to 1979, he was Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Brown University, where he also founded the clinical psychology internship program. From 1969 to 1975, he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he founded the Medical School psychology residency program. Dr. Barlow received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. from Boston College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Psychological Association as well as the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, which honors individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research.

Table of Contents

1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
2. Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia.
3. Adolescent Social Anxiety Disorder.
4. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
5. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
6. Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
7. Physical Abuse of Adult (Domestic Violence).
8. Dissociative Identity Disorder.
9. Major Depression.
10. Bipolar Disorder.
11. Bulimia Nervosa.
12. Anorexia Nervosa.
13. Pedophilic Disorder.
14. Alcohol Use Disorder.
15. Borderline Personality Disorder.
16. Schizophrenia.
17. Autism Spectrum Disorder.
18. Diagnosis Note Provided: Case #1.
19. Diagnosis Note Provided: Case #2.
20. Diagnosis Note Provided: Case #3.

New to this edition

  • This edition has been completely updated to reflect the scientific knowledge and definitions of psychological disorders found in the DSM-5.
  • The literature review in each chapter has been updated with relevant new citations.