Here are the new books recently added to our PsycBooks database:
Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors 2012 Edited by Jeffrey J. Froh, PsyD and Acacia C. Parks, PhD
“Positive psychology is a rapidly expanding area of study that is of great interest to students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. But the field is so broad that teachers who want to cover all the bases when designing a positive psychology course may have difficulty locating and selecting materials. Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology addresses this problem by presenting a comprehensive set of fun, interactive classroom activities devised by contributors who are experienced teachers as well as leading scholars in their areas.”
Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking 2012 Edited by Dana S. Dunn, PhD; Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD; Karen Z. Naufel, PhD; and Janie H. Wilson, PhD
“This book provides frameworks for teaching controversial topics and skills for handling disruptions, so teachers can help students evaluate evidence and develop testable questions.”
Health and Social Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Complicated 2012 Edited by Matthew L. Newman, PhD and Nicole A. Roberts, PhD
“The contributors to Health and Social Relationships not only examine the psychological and physiological linkages between relationships and health, but also offer clinical implications — such as how to foster good social relationships in our personal lives and in our communities at large.”
Presurgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes 2012 Edited by Andrew R. Block, PhD, ABPP and David B. Sarwer, PhD
“The success of many surgical procedures depends not only on the skill of the surgeon and the use of state-of-the-art technology, but also on the actions and characteristics of the patient. Patients' emotional and psychosocial concerns, health-related behaviors, outcome expectations, and compliance with treatment regimen can all strongly influence the ultimate effectiveness of surgery. Thus, mental health professionals are increasingly called upon to perform presurgical psychological screening (PPS) to ensure that patients are given the treatments most likely to be effective, while reducing the chances of worsening their conditions. This book presents PPS procedures for a wide range of surgery types, such as spinal surgery, organ transplantation, bariatric surgery, and plastic surgery. Drawing on both research and clinical experience, the authors explain how to conduct PPS, communicate results to patients and surgeons, and identify possible pre- or postsurgery interventions to mitigate risk factors and maximize the likelihood of surgical success.”
Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism 2012 Edited by John S. Ogrodniczuk, PhD
“In this book, today's most prominent thinkers and clinical experts on pathological narcissism address the challenges facing therapists who work with narcissistic patients. They trace the history of our understanding of narcissism, from ancient myth, to Freud and subsequent psychodynamic approaches and also provide clinicians with a comprehensive guide to treatment that covers features of the disorder, diagnosis, and assessment, as well as special considerations in the vital areas of transference and countertransference.”
Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace 2012 By Michael R. Frone, PhD
“In this authoritative book, Michael R. Frone takes a close look at what we know and don't know about workforce and workplace substance involvement. In doing so, he exposes the lack of evidence behind many popular myths that have persisted since the "war on drugs" began in the 1980s.”
Authoritative Parenting: Synthesizing Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development 2012 Edited by Robert E. Larzelere, PhD; Amanda Sheffield Morris, PhD; and Amanda W. Harrist, PhD
“In this book, leading scholars update our thinking about authoritative parenting and address three unresolved issues: mechanisms of the style's effectiveness, variations of effectiveness across cultures, and untangling how parents influence children from how children influence them.”
Spiritual Interventions in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 2012 Edited by Donald F. Walker, PhD and William L. Hathaway, PhD
“This book presents guidance for integrating spiritual interventions in psychotherapy with children and their families. The interventions are appropriate for a range of settings, presenting problems, and client belief systems. Specific chapters address the use of prayer, forgiveness, acceptance, spiritual awareness, sacred texts, and God images in therapy. Illustrative case studies are included, and ethical issues are given special consideration.”
Cognition and Brain Development: Converging Evidence From Various Methodologies 2013 Edited by Bhoomika Rastogi Kar, PhD
‘In this book, an elite group of international contributors presents the latest advances in the science of cognitive development.”
Internationalizing Multiculturalism: Expanding Professional Competencies in a Globalized World 2013 Edited by Rodney L. Lowman, PhD
“This book broadens the concept of multiculturalism to encompass internationalism. In other words, it internationalizes multiculturalism. It argues that professionals in all fields can enhance both their multicultural and international competence to perform more effectively.”
The Psychology of Meaning 2013 Edited by Keith D. Markman, PhD; Travis Proulx, PhD; and Matthew J. Lindberg, PhD
“The Psychology of Meaning explores the multifaceted nature of this highly subjective construct. The volume's contributors examine meaning along five dimensions — the architecture of meaning, responding to uncertainty, meaning from retrospection, compensating for meaning violations, and restoring meaning: physiological and neurocognitive mechanisms.”
Our PsycBooks database added the 7 new titles below to its database in August. In addition, it added 20 classic titles. A full list is available here.
Cognitive Fatigue: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Current Research and Future Applications (2010) Edited by Phillip L. Ackerman, PhD.
A balance of theoretical and empirical research, reviewed from several different countries, makes this a truly multinational and interdisciplinary collection. Each chapter concludes with a lively discussion among authors, and the book itself concludes with a provocative open panel discussion regarding promising avenues for research and application.
Essential Ethics for Psychologists: A Primer for Understanding and Mastering Core Issues (2010) by Thomas F. Nagy, PhD
This one-of-a-kind book acculturates the reader into ethical practice in psychology by enhancing critical thinking skills. Rather than explain each of the 80+ standards of the APA Ethics Code, the book examines the code's underlying principles.
Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology: Military and National Intelligence Applications (2010) Edited by Carrie H. Kennedy, PhD, ABPP and Thomas J. Williams, PhD
This book integrates the requirements of the existing APA Ethics Code and other relevant professional guidelines and protocols within the limited professional literature in the field. The editors have assembled some of the best operational psychologists in the field today to share their expertise and experience. The contributors provide realistic case examples, practical guidance, and recommendations regarding the unique ethical issues that confront operational psychologists, shedding much needed light on how and why military and public safety practices differ from traditional psychological practice.
Human Aggression and Violence: Causes, Manifestations, and Consequences (2010) Edited by Phillip R. Shaver, PhD and Mario Mikulincer, PhD
The tone of this book is realistic in its investigation of violence as an inherent part of human genetics and interaction, but hopeful in its exploration of research-based interventions aimed at reducing violence in future generations. In its assessment of aggression and violence across individual, relational and societal levels, this book will engage a broad audience.
Narcissism and Machiavellianism in Youth: Implications for the Development of Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior (2010) Edited by Christopher T. Barry, PhD; Patricia K. Kerig, PhD; Kurt K. Stellwagen, PhD; and Tammy D. Barry, PhD
This book highlights how knowledge of both narcissism and Machiavellianism may influence problematic youth social interactions as well as youth adaptation to developmental contexts such as peer relationships. The book brings together for the first time scholars who have empirically examined the emotional, social, and behavioral correlates of these constructs in youth.
Reproductive Trauma: Psychotherapy With Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Clients (2010) By Janet Jaffe, PhD and Martha O. Diamond, PhD
Written by specialists in the field of reproductive counseling, this volume will help clinicians to understand and effectively treat the unique needs of clients who have experienced adverse reproductive events, which include infertility, miscarriage, perinatal or newborn loss, and premature or other complicated births.
Short-Term Group Therapies for Complicated Grief: Two Research-Based Models (2010) By William E. Piper, PhD; John S. Ogrodniczuk, PhD; Anthony S. Joyce, PhD; and Rene Weideman, PhD
Although a certain amount of grief is expected and normal following the loss of a loved one, many people experience particularly intense and/or long-lasting grief, or complicated grief (CG). Up to 20% of acutely bereaved individuals and 33% of psychiatric outpatients suffer from CG. Furthermore, as the baby boom generation ages, the number of people experiencing CG will likely increase. This book begins with a meticulous, comprehensive review of research related to CG, including prevalence, risk factors, effects of patient characteristics and group composition on therapeutic outcome, and mechanisms of change in group therapies for CG. The chapters also describe how the two models were developed and tested. Finally, the book explains how to administer the models, including assessing patients, forming groups, preparing group members for treatment, and running and terminating the group.