The PsycBooks database has added 4 new books as well as 80 classic texts. Click here for the full list of books added to PsycBooks. The four recent books are listed below. The book on secondary data analysis might be helpful in writing a dissertation:
Developing self in work and career (2010) edited by Hartung and Subich
Leading scholars and practitioners examine the construct of self through vocational psychology and career development topics centered on theory, assessment, and intervention.
The Real Relationship in Psychotherapy: The Hidden Foundation of Change (2010) by Gelso
The concept of the real or personal relationship between client and therapist has existed since the earliest days of psychotherapy. Yet the real relationship—with its twin components of genuineness (the intent to avoid deception, including self-deception) and realism (perceiving or experiencing the other in ways that befit the other) has often been misunderstood or ignored. Instead, psychotherapy research has focused largely on the concepts of the working alliance and of transference and counter-transference. In this engaging book, Charles Gelso argues the case for the relevance of the real relationship to successful therapeutic outcomes.
Secondary data analysis: An introduction for psychologists (2010) edited by Trzesniewski, Donnellan, and Lucas
The use of secondary data, or existing data that is freely available to researchers who were not involved in the original study, has a long and rich tradition in the social sciences. In recent years, the internet has made secondary datasets readily available at the click of a mouse. And yet, whether due to a lack of methodological training or as part of a broader indifference to alternative data collection strategies, psychologists have been surprisingly slow to utilize these useful resources.
Social Pain: Neuropsychological and Health Implications of Loss and Exclusion (2010) edited by MacDonald and Jensen-Campbell
Social pain is the experience of pain as a result of interpersonal rejection or loss, such as rejection from a social group, bullying, or the loss of a loved one. Research now shows that social pain results from the activation of certain components in physical pain systems. Although social, clinical, health, and developmental psychologists have each explored aspects of social pain, recent work from the neurosciences provides a coherent, unifying framework for integrative research. This edited volume provides the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary exploration of social pain.