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Fourth Edition
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February 2024 | 792 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Psychopathology, Fourth Edition, best-selling author William J. Ray brings together current perspectives concerning the manner in which the human mind, behavior, and experience can be understood. In addition to the traditional psychological literature, this book draws from work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, epidemiology, ethology, and genetics. Ray focuses on unifying and integrating the biopsychosocial understandings of human behavior within a broader consideration of human culture and language as it applies to psychopathology.

Chapter 1: An Overview of Psychopathology and Changing Conceptualizations of Mental Illness
Chapter 2: Neuroscience Approaches to Understanding Psychopathology
Chapter 3: Research Methods
Chapter 4: Assessment and Classification of Psychological Disorders
Chapter 5: Childhood and Adolescent-Onset Disorders
Chapter 6: Mood Disorders
Chapter 7: Stress, Trauma, and PTSD
Chapter 8: Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Chapter 9: Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders
Chapter 10: Eating Disorders
Chapter 11: Sexual Disorders, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria
Chapter 12: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Chapter 13: Schizophrenia
Chapter 14: Personality Disorders
Chapter 15: Neurocognitive Disorders
Chapter 16: The Law and Mental Health


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"Clearly written, scholarly, good amount of focus on neuroscience, good charts and diagrams, good focus on the difference between pathology and not pathology throughout."

Anne Richards
Seattle Central College

"I like it a lot. It provides clear scaffolding to help students contextualize the DSM."

Adam Brown
Silberman School for Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. Learn more.
  • Sage Premium Video boosts student engagement by bringing concepts to life.
    • Expert interviews feature the author himself and other experts in the field explaining both the methods used in researching abnormal psychology and the specific pathologies behind various disorders and conditions.
    • New concept animations, one per chapter, use clips from films, TV shows, and interviews to help students envision complex topics from psychopathology as they show up in the lives of characters and real people.
  • Streamlined introductory sections help facilitate more clear and concise transitions from one topic or chapter to the next.
  • Additional LENS boxes and Cultural LENS boxes give more attention to timely societal and cultural issues relevant to abnormal psychology.
  • Additional Thought Questions appearing after LENS boxes give readers more opportunities to engage in critical thinking and the application of concepts.
  • New references in the For Further Reading sections at the end of the chapters bring the text’s recommendations for further exploration up to date.
  • Chapter organization has been streamlined throughout the text, with learning objectives connected to each major section to facilitate assessment and enhance student comprehension.
  • New insights related to emerging findings from genome-wide association studies have been included in various chapters.
  • A person-first, multilevel approach helps achieve a clear and complete understanding of the newest perspectives in this exciting field.
  • Chapter-opening outlines and learning objectives provide previews of forthcoming material and identify for students what they should be able to accomplish at the conclusion of readings.
  • Understanding Changes in DSM–5 boxes in all disorder chapters describe the reasoning behind the changes that were made in DSM–5 to specific disorders.
  • Concept Checks at the end of key sections allow students to test their comprehension by answering a series of questions.
  • End-of-chapter summaries, review questions, and key terms and concepts allow students to revisit content covered to reinforce learning.
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