Abnormal Psychology 7th Edition by Ronald J Comer
I have been writing my textbooks, Abnormal Psychology and Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, for close to three decades-almost half of my life. The current version, Abnormal Psychology, Seventh Edition, represents the twelfth edition of one or the other of the textbooks. The journey truly has been a labor of love, but I also must admit that each edition has required enormous effort, ridiculous pressure, and too many sleepless nights to count.
I do not mention these labors to complain. To the contrary, I feel deeply appreciative and privileged to have had the opportunity to help educate more than a half-million readers over the years. Instead, I mention them to help emphasize that I have approached each edition as a totally new undertaking rather than as a cut-and-paste update of past editions. My goal each time has been that the new edition is a fresh, comprehensive, and exciting presentation of the current state of this ever-changing field and that it includes state-of-the-art pedagogical techniques and insights. This “new book” approach to each edition is, I believe, the key reason for the continuing success of the textbooks, and the current edition has been written in this same tradition.
In fact, the current edition includes even more changes than in any of the textbook’s previous editions. This was done for several reasons: (1) The field of abnormal psychology has had a dramatic growth spurt over the past several years; (2) the field of education has produced a wide range of new pedagogical tools; (3) the world of publishing has developed new, striking ways of presenting material to readers; and (4) the world at large has changed dramatically, featuring a monumental rise in the Internet’s impact on our lives, growing influenced by the media, near unthinkable economic and political events, and a changing world order. All such changes should find their way into a book about the current state of human functioning, and I have worked hard to include them here in a profound and integrated way.
That said, I believe I have produced a new edition of Abnormal Psychology that will once again excite readers, open the field of abnormal psychology to them, and speak to them and their times, while at the same time demonstrating that behavior, including abnormal behavior, pervades their lives and their world. Throughout the book, I have again sought to convey my passion for the field, and I have built on the generous feedback of my colleagues in this enterprise-the students and professors who have used this textbook over the years. At the risk of sounding even more grandiose than I actually am, let me describe what I believe to be special about this edition.
- Hardcover: 750 pages
- Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd; 7Rev Ed edition (March 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142922407X
- ISBN-13: 978-1429224079
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 11 inches
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