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New Books in PsycBooks

In September, PsycBooks added 2 contemporary books and 10 classic books to its database.  A full list can be found here.  The 2 contemporary books are described below:

Personality Disorders and the Five-Factor Model of Personality, Third Edition  2012  Edited by Thomas A. Widiger, PhD and Paul T. Costa, Jr., PhD

“This book explains how personality disorders can be understood from the perspective of the FFM, the most heavily researched and empirically supported dimensional model of general personality structure. The chapters summarize the conceptual and empirical support for the FFM, including the dimensional description of specific personality disorders and the application of the model for assessment and treatment. Case studies are also provided.”

 Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness, Second Edition  2012  By Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD

“For over 20 years, Stanley Brodsky's Testifying in Court has been a trusted guide for expert witnesses across a variety of professions. Readers have come to know and trust his sage and good-humored advice on every aspect of the experience from initial preparations to maintaining power and control during cross-examination.  In this extensively updated edition of his classic text, the author has combined a wealth of new research with feedback from users of the first edition and his own evolving experience as an expert witness. As in the first edition, key principles are addressed in brief essays that draw on real-life scenarios and end in a take-home maxim.”


New Books in PsycBOOKS

The following recent books were added to the PsycBOOKS database in April. In addition, 20 classic books from the late 19th and 20th centuries were also added.  A complete list is available here

 Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control  by David R. Patterson

 This book makes the argument for hypnosis over medication.

 Emotions, aggression, and morality in children  by Arsenio and Lemerise

 This book demonstrates how early affective experiences and relationships provide a foundation for children's subsequent social cognitive understanding of victimization, harm, and moral intentionality.

 Evidence-based treatment of personality dysfunction.  Edited by Jeffrey Magnavita

 This volume is a collection of the most up-to-date research on personality disorder treatment written by leading scholars of psychopathology and psychotherapy. Organized by different therapeutic approaches, each chapter presents a theoretical framework, evidence-based methods, and clinical examples.

  Grief in childhood  by  Michelle Y. Pearlman, PhD; Karen D'Angelo Schwalbe, PhD; and Marylène Cloitre, PhD

 This book presents Integrated Grief Therapy for Children—an evidence-based model for treating bereaved children that draws extensively on cognitive–behavioral, family systems, and narrative approaches to therapy.


New Dissertations in the Westwood Library

We have two new dissertations in the library:

Multiple personality disorder and demonic possession  by Jose M. Meza

Behavior interventionist burnout: the importance of coping  by Michelle D. Saenz

Congratulations, Jose and Michelle!


No more narcissists?

The workgroup recommending changes to the DSM-5, due out in 2013, has proposed that narcissistic personality disorder along with 4 other personality disorders be eliminated from the new edition.  Narcissism itself isn't being eliminated (too bad) but the change reflects an emphasis in the DSM-5 on the "dimensional approach" to diagnosing personality disorders.  The four other personality disorders being eliminated are Paranoid, Schizoid, Histrionic and Dependent Personality Disorders. (Schizotypal, Antisocial, Borderline, Avoidant and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders will remain in the new revision.)  Read more about these changes in today's New York Times as well as in the Workgroup's report .


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