Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia

Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia

Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice

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Get a fair and balanced perspective on schizophrenia!

Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice is a comprehensive overview of schizophrenia and its treatment from a variety of approaches. The book presents a balanced look at the most influential theoretical perspectives based on empirical research, clinical descriptions, and narrative histories. Dr. Glenn Shean, author of Schizophrenia: An Introduction to Research and Theory, examines neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental models of brain dysfunction, psychodynamic and family factors, up-to-date pharmacological advances, and successful community programs for discharged patients suffering from this debilitating disorder.

Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice presents a comprehensive review of evidence concerning the epidemiology and course and outcome of schizophrenia based on theoretical groupings and levels of analysis. The book examines the evolution of diagnostic criteria and guidelines, as well as stress-vulnerability and diathesis-stress models, providing critical reviews of biological, genetic, cognitive-behavioral, and phenomenological, approach to understanding and treating schizophrenia.

Topics addressed in Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice include:
  • the history of the concept of schizophrenia
  • the writings of Emil Kraepelin and Eugene Bleuler
  • changes in diagnostic guidelines in the last 50 years
  • General System Theory Perspective
  • diagnostic and statistical manuals
  • Schneider's first rank symptoms
  • and much more!
Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students working in psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, and social policy.

Book News
Shean (psychology, College of William & Mary) reviews current research and theoretical perspectives related to schizophrenia, hoping to encourage a multi-level understanding of the condition beyond widespread reductionist approaches. He organizes his work into sections based on theoretical groupings and levels of analysis. After describing the development, evolution, epidemiology, and subsyndromes of schizophrenia, he presents a number of integrative models, including vulnerability-stress, epistemological, and general systems theory models. Neurobiological models are then examined. Cognitive behavioral, neurocognitive, and neurodevelopmental approaches are also explored. Finally, Shean describes psychodynamic, phenomenological, and family-based therapies. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780789018878
078901887X
9780789018885
0789018888
Characteristics: xiv, 336 p. ; 23 cm

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