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Abnormal Psychology and Life: A Dimensional Approach, 3rd Edition

  • Chris Kearney
  • Timothy Trull
  • ISBN-10: 1337098108
  • ISBN-13: 9781337098106
  • 640 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Chris Kearney and Tim Trull's ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LIFE: A DIMENSIONAL APPROACH, 3rd Edition provides students with a concise, contemporary, science-based view of psychopathology that emphasizes the individual first. Through consistent pedagogy featuring clinical cases and real first-person narratives, the text illuminates our understanding that abnormal behavior can be viewed along a continuum. By highlighting this widely accepted dimensional view -- which places the behavior of an individual at the forefront of clinical definition, assessment, and treatment -- the text's goal is to foster personal relevance for students and encourage them to become intelligent consumers of mental health information. The book also gives students a comprehensive understanding of the features and epidemiologies, risk factors and prevention, assessment and treatment, and long-term prognosis and associated stigma of mental disorders.


  • ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LIFE: A DIMENSIONAL APPROACH covers the main disorders' features, assessment, and treatments. In addition, it helps students see people with mental health disorders as real people who have varying risk factors, and who fall in different places on a behavioral continuum for each disorder.

  • There are two unique chapters in the text: one on risk factors and prevention (Chapter 3), and one that discusses both careers for students in the mental health profession and how to become a client of those services (Chapter 15, "Consumer Guide to Abnormal Psychology").

  • Each disorder chapter contains at least one continuum that shows the varying degrees of a disorder and how it can be illustrated through a common situation. For example, the Anxiety Disorder continuum shows the levels of worry, anxiety, and fear -- from normal to severe -- experienced by a person interviewing for a new job.

  • Personal Narratives give first-hand accounts of an individual living with a psychological disorder, the family or friends affected by those living with a disorder, or the professionals who try to help. The text aims to illustrate that a disorder can best be treated by assessing each individual in a holistic fashion.

  • Features such as case studies with corresponding What Do You Think? questions, DSM-5 tables, interim summaries, and review questions all help students remember, understand, and apply the material.

About the Author

Chris Kearney

Christopher A. Kearney is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is also Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kearney's research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, post-traumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents as well as issues of quality of life in persons with severe handicaps. The author of several books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics, Dr. Kearney also conducts workshops for school districts and mental health and other agencies regarding school refusal behavior and selective mutism. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12; Clinical Psychology), he is a recipient of the William Morris Award for Scholarship, the Barrick Scholar Award, the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, and the Academic Advisor Award-Graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Kearney received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center before moving to Las Vegas.

Timothy Trull

Timothy J. Trull, Ph.D., is professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Trull received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed his internship at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. His research interests are in the areas of diagnosis and classification of mental disorders; borderline personality disorder; substance use disorders; clinical assessment; professional issues in clinical psychology; and ambulatory assessment methods. Dr. Trull has received several awards and honors for his teaching and mentoring, including Psi Chi Professor of the Year, the Robert S. Daniels Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and most recently the MU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. He enjoys teaching Abnormal Psychology and Introduction to Clinical Psychology; his textbook, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, is used in classes across the U.S. and internationally. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Trull continues to train future clinical psychologists in the assessment, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorders.

Table of Contents

1. Abnormal Psychology and Life.
2. Perspectives on Abnormal Psychology.
3. Risk and Prevention of Mental Disorders.
4. Diagnosis, Assessment, and Study of Mental Disorders.
5. Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Trauma-Related Disorders.
6. Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders.
7. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders and Suicide.
8. Eating Disorders.
9. Substance-Related Disorders.
10. Personality Disorders.
11. Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria.
12. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.
13. Developmental and Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
14. Neurocognitive Disorders.
15. Consumer Guide to Abnormal Psychology.

New to this edition

  • Each chapter now features a section on stigma. These sections outline common aspects of self-stigma or structural stigma related to the mental disorder being discussed, as well as, in some cases, intervention for stigma-related concerns.
  • Each chapter includes a Focus on College Students feature box that outlines key concepts of the mental disorder being discussed and how it relates specifically to students. These boxes often include information on clinical processes tailored to students, such as interventions.
  • The new edition reflects the most current and contemporary thinking with respect to each mental disorder.
  • Each chapter has been revised toward a greater consumer focus, including easily accessible material, tables and figures, and personal narratives for each disorder chapter.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1337278238 | ISBN-13: 9781337278232)

The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, “What If” scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus, and an expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities, and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay, and critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and is also available upon request.

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