Los Angeles / Orange County Libraries

New PsycBooks

The following full-text books were added to PsycBooks in October.  Click on the title and then scroll down the record for access to all of the full-text chapters.

 Prosocial motives, emotions, and behavior: The better angels of our nature (2010).  Mikulincer, Mario, Shaver, Phillip R. (Eds.)

Neuroscientists, primatologists, and evolutionary biologists have begun to identify the evolutionary and neurological roots of prosocial feelings and actions.  Research shows that human beings have an innate capacity for prosocial behavior, but the inclinations underlying such behavior can be blocked, inhibited, or overpowered by selfish, neurotic, or culturally engrained attitudes and values. Genes, personality, past social experiences, social and cultural identities, and contextual factors can all influence the degree to which human behavior is empathic, generous, and kind—or cruel, vindictive, and destructive.

Strengthening couple relationships for optimal child development: Lessons from research and intervention (2010).  Schulz, Marc S., Pruett, Marsha Kline, Kerig, Patricia K., Parke, Ross D., (Eds.)

Research has shown that strong couple relationships are central to family stability and child development. Furthermore, couple interventions can demonstrably improve child and family functioning. This book presents cutting-edge research and theory on couple relationships, with an emphasis on the implications for child development

Chaos and its influence on children's development: An ecological perspective  (2010).  Evans, Gary W., Wachs, Theodore D., (Eds.)

Recently, some researchers have shifted their attention to the deleterious effects of overstimulation or "chaos" in children's environment. Chaos refers to physical and social settings characterized by crowding, noise, unpredictability or a lack of routines, and instability or unplanned changes. This book is an important first step in exploring how, why, and at what level, chaos at the familial and societal level affects children. 

Over 20 classic, older texts have also been added.  The full list can be accessed here.


Preventive Marriage Counseling

An interesting article in the New York Times discusses efforts by psychologists to assess couples before they need therapy or seek a divorce.  According to the article only 19% of currently married couples have had some counseling and almost two-thirds of married couples divorce without even seeking counseling.  The efforts have led to the development of marriage “checklists” and self-help programs that can identify problems before they turn into something harder to resolve.  These therapies could also be used to reach couples in rural areas where access to a live counselor may be difficult.


New book in the library

We have a new book in the library - thank you Dr. Futerman!

Gurman, Alan S.  Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy.  4th edition.

This authoritative handbook provides a definitive overview of the theory and practice of couple therapy. Noted contributors—many of whom developed the approaches they describe—combine clear conceptual exposition with thorough descriptions of therapeutic techniques. In addition to presenting major couple therapy models in step-by-step detail, the book describes effective applications for particular populations and problems. Issues of culture, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are addressed. Chapters adhere closely to a uniform structure to facilitate study and comparison, enhancing the book's utility as a reference and text.

 (publisher’s description)

Come in and check it out!


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