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Personality Disorders: Toward the DSM-V offers a scientifically balanced evaluation of competing theoretical perspectives and nosological systems for personality disorders. Editors William T. OAeDonohue, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Katherine A. Fowler have brought together recognized authorities in the field to offer a synthesis of competing perspectives that provide readers with the richest and most nuanced assessment possible for each disorder. The result is a comprehensive, current, and critical summary of research and practice guidelines related to the personality disorders. Key Features Focuses on controversies and alternative conceptualizations: Separate chapters are dedicated to each personality disorder and considered from various points of view. Presents authoritative perspectives: Leading scholars and researchers in the field provide a critical evaluation of alternative perspectives on each personality disorder. Frames the current state of personality disorder research and practice issues: Cutting edge and streamlined research is presented to be used in courses on diagnosis, assessment, psychopathology and abnormal psychology, especially those that include the DSM-IV. Offers an integrative understanding of elusive personality categorizations: Wherever possible, case examples are offered as illustrations of each disorderAes clinical presentation. Minimizes the use of technical terms: Each contributor takes the approach of a user-friendly summary and integration of major trends, findings, and future directions. Intended Audience This is an excellent supplementary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on adult psychopathology in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 172.7 x 251.5 x 27.9mm | 703.06g
  • 24 Jul 2007
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks
  • English
  • 1412904226
  • 9781412904223
  • 727,447

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William T. O'Donohue is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor of psychology and adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Nevada, Reno, and a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He is widely recognized in the field for his proposed innovations in mental health service delivery, in treatment design and evaluation, and in knowledge of empirically supported cognitive behavioral therapies. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement for Behavior Therapy and served on the Board of Directors of this organization. Dr. O'Donohue has published over 50 books and 150 articles in scholarly journals and book chapters. For the past 14 years, he has been director of a free clinic that treats children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted. Katherine Fowler is an honors graduate student at Emory. She has a number of published articles to her credit, has engaged in long-term research projects, and has worked in clinical settings. Scott O. Lilienfeld is professor of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The founder and editor of Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, he is past president (2001-2002) of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Section III, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association. He has served on 10 editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Clinical Psychology Review. Dr. Lilienfeld has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and books on personality disorders (particularly psychopathic personality), personality assessment, anxiety disorders, pseudoscience in psychology, and evidence-based practices in clinical psychology. His work on psychological science and pseudoscience has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, USA Today, the New Yorker, and Scientific American. In addition, he has appeared on 20/20, CNN, NPR, and numerous other radio programs.

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"Personality Disorders is an important book because it exposes clearly the major controversies facing the field. Each chapter is an erudite contribution that stands on its own quality. In addition, the insightful reader will also be able to compare the divergent, and sometimes contradictory, perspectives and conclusions of different chapters. Consideration of the contradictions and unanswered questions throughout the book reveals the harsh consequences of blind reliance on false assumptions about how nature can be carved at its joints, when there are actually no such joints." -- Robert Cloninger's "This is an important book. It provides a clear guide and reference for season clinicians who treat personality disordered individuals everyday, knowingly or not. It should prove especially helpful to graduate students and upper level undergraduates as an introduction to the diagnoses and as a demonstration of the importance of good clinical and empirical research." -- Joseph J. Guido "Useful as both a textbook and a reference resource, this is an excellent volume. O'Donohue, Fowler, and Lilienfeld called on an impressive array of clinical experts to address the etiology, symptomology, and treatment of each of the major personality disorders." -R.E. Osborne, Texas State University-San Marcos -- R.E. Osborne CHOICE - January 2008 Vo. 45 No. 05 "Just what the Doctor ordered!" -- Harold Arnold "I recommend this book to interested clinicians who wish to extend their knowedge, and to new an experienced researchers in the field of personality disorder." -- Andrew W. Chanen

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