Encyclopedia of Mental Health: Volume 1-3

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Mental health is arguably one of the biggest issues facing modern society. The Encyclopedia of Mental Health presents a comprehensive overview of the many genetic, neurological, social, and psychological factors that affect mental health. It describes the impact of mental health on the individual and society, and illustrates the factors that aid positive mental health. 196 peer-reviewed articles written by more than 250 expert authors include essential material on assessment, theories of personality, specific disorders, therapies, forensic issues, ethics, cross-cultural and sociological aspects. Professionals and libraries find this timely work indispensable. It provides fully up-to-date descriptions of neurological, social, genetic, and psychological factors that effect the individual and society. It contains 196 articles written by more than 250 leaders in the field. It is written in an accessible style using terms that an educated layperson can understand. It is of interest to public as well as research libraries with coverage of many important topics such as marital health, divorce, couples therapy, fathers, child custody, day care and day care providers, extended families, and family therapy.

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"This comprehensive set 'encompasses all levels of analysis, from the molecular and biological, through the social and family, to the cultural.' Intended for students, practicing clinicians, and research professionals, these articles also prove accessible and useful for lay readers. The excellent survey essays cover such timely topics as Alzheimer's disease, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Alphabetically arranged, signed articles range from ten to 20 pages, with a topic outline, a glossary, cross references, and a bibliography. This is an essential purchase for most health science, academic, and large public libraries." --LIBRARY JOURNAL, BEST REFERENCE SOURCES 1998 "The articles cover a wide range of subjects. As one would expect, there are entries for various disorders and therapies: Alzheimer's disease, behavior therapy, mood disorders, to name a few. Other entries examine traits such as charisma and shyness or discuss problems associated with substances like alcohol and caffeine. Numerous articles focus on the mental health aspects of stressful situations--bereavement, chronic illness, commuting. Neurology is treated in articles such as brain scanning/neuroscanning. In his preface, the editor states that particular attention has also been paid to 'the family and developmental context for mental health and impairment,' evident in articles like family therapy, child sexual abuse, and divorce. This is a fine encyclopedia with a great deal of excellent information on subjects of interest to both professional and educated lay readers. Academic, health science, and large public libraries will find it very useful." --BOOKLIST "Friedman's attractive reference work recommends promoting mental health rather than concentrating only on pathology... The articles are excellent resources... Recommended for college students or anyone interested in reading about current theories dealing with mental health." --CHOICE "This excellent source of 3 volumes includes articles covering major disciplines in the study of mental health, common topics of research by professionals, and areas of public interest and concern... from the molecular and biological, through the social and family, to the cultural." --Resources in Psychology: A Subject Guide "Professionals and libraries will find this timely work indispensable." --LIBRARIAN'S QUARTERLY "...I found the Encyclopedia of Mental Health a very useful resource. Its broad scope and interdisciplinary focus was very appealing, especially since many of the professionals working in mental health range from anthropologists to social workers. I would recommend this as an essential resource for collections needing a comprehensive, readable guide to mental health and its myriad issues." --MEDICAL REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY "...It emphasizes health by looking at ways to promote wellness and prevent mental illness... This is...a fine encyclopedia with a great deal of excellent information on subjects of interest to both professional and educated lay readers. Academic, health science, and large public libraries will find it useful." --AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL

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Howard S. Friedman is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He also holds an adjunct appointment as Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego Medical School. Dr. Friedman attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in psychology. He was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1976. Dr. Friedman is the author of many influential scientific articles in leading journals and was named "most-cited psychologist" by the publishers of the Social Science Citation Index. His books include a textbook, three edited scholarly volumes, and a comprehensive trade analysis. Friedman is a thrice-elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. His research centers around the relations of mental and physical health, and he has received research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Friedman also directs a project on health and longevity funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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