Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

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InterVarsity Press, Jun 8, 2005 - Psychology - 457 pages
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Modern Psychopathologies is addressed to students and mental health professionals who want to sort through contemporary secular understandings of psychopathology in relation to a Christian worldview. Written by well-known and respected scholars, the book, in nine core chapters, provides an introduction to a set of disorders along with overviews of current research on etiology, treatment and prevention. Prior chapters give a context for the integration of Christianity and the scientific study of psychopathology, and articulate integrative themes discussed throughout the book, providing a foundation for the concluding vision for Christian health professionals and the church. This is a unique and valuable resource for Christians studying psychology and counseling, or providing counseling services, pastoral care, Christian healing ministries or spiritual direction. Though fully capable of standing on its own, it is also a useful companion volume to Modern Psychotherapies by Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman.

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It is very important for people to understand that persons with mental illnesses are human beings and should be treated as such. They are God's children and so we should not be quick to judge. There is a thin line between sanity and insanity, and its through the grace of God why some of us still have our sanity. it is important for practioners to practice responsible eclectism. 


Issues in Integration of Christianity and the Scientific Study of Psychopathology
Historic Pastoral Care and Disordered Desires
Biological and Sociocultural Foundations of Mental Illness
Classifying Mental Disorders
Appendix A
Appendix B
Sin and Psychopathology
Clinical Presentations
Problems of Body and Mind
Problems of Psychosis
Problems of Personality
Problems of Sexuality
Problems in Life Stages
Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
Problems in Older Adulthood
Casting a Vision

Problems of Anxiety
Problems of Mood
Problems of Social Impact
Challenges and Opportunities

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Mark A. Yarhouse (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is professor of psychology and Hughes Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A licensed clinical psychologist, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of both the Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia, and the psychology department of Wheaton College Graduate School. He has written extensively for such professional publications as American Journal of Family Therapy, Marriage & Family: A Christian Journal, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Psychotherapy, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice and Christian Scholar's Review. His other books include Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation,coauthored with Stanton L. Jones, Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, coauthored with Richard E. Butman and Barrett W. McRay, Sexual Identity Synthesis: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times, coauthored with Lori A. Burkett, Sexual Identity Synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence, coauthored with Erica S. N. Tan, and Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate, coauthored with Stanton L. Jones.

Richard E. Butman (Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology) is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Wheaton College. He also maintains a part-time private practice in Wheaton, Illinois. He has contributed articles to various reference works, including The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology (Baker), Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Abingdon) and Christian Counseling Ethics (IVP). He has also published articles in many professional journals, including Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Christian Counseling Today Journal of Behavioral Counseling.

Barrett W. McRay (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is associate professor of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is the clinical director at Alliance Clinical Associates in Wheaton, Illinois. He has cowritten articles published in Journal of Psychology and Theology, Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Counseling and Values, and he is a co-writer of the article Maintaining Personal Resiliency: Lessons Learned from Evangelical Protestant Clergy.

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