Self-Help That Works: Resources to Improve Emotional Health and Strengthen Relationships

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OUP USA, Apr 11, 2013 - Medical - 496 pages
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Self-help is big business, but alas, not always a scientific one. Self-help books, websites, and movies abound and are important sources of psychological advice for millions of Americans. But how can you sift through them to find the ones that work? Self-Help That Works is an indispensable guide that enables readers to identify effective self-help materials and distinguish them from those that are potentially misleading or even harmful. Six scientist-practitioners bring careful research, expertise, and a dozen national studies to the task of choosing and recommending self-help resources. Designed for both laypersons and mental-health professionals, this book critically reviews multiple types of self-help resources, from books and autobiographies to films, online programs, support groups, and websites, for 41 different behavioral disorders and life challenges. The revised edition of this award-winning book now features online self-help resources, expanded content, and new chapters focusing on autism, bullying, chronic pain, GLB issues, happiness, and nonchemical addictions. Each chapter updates the self-help resources launched since the previous edition and expands the material. The final chapters provide key strategies for consumers evaluating self-help as well as for professionals integrating self-help into treatment. All told, this updated edition of Self-Help that Works evaluates more than 2,000 self-help resources and brings together the collective wisdom of nearly 5,000 mental health professionals. Whether seeking self-help for yourself, loved ones, or patients, this is the go-to, research-based guide with the best advice on what works.
 

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Contents

1 SelfHelp in Mental Health
1
2 Abuse
14
3 Addictions
37
4 Adult Development
47
5 Aging
57
6 Anger
71
7 Anxiety Disorders
80
8 Assertiveness
98
27 Love and Intimacy
303
28 Marriage
314
29 Mens Issues
323
30 ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder
335
31 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
346
32 Pregnancy
359
33 Schizophrenia
369
34 SelfManagement and SelfEnhancement
381

9 AttentionDeficitHyperactivity Disorder
104
10 Autism and Aspergers
115
11 Bipolar Disorder
124
12 Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders
135
13 Bullying
148
14 Career Development
154
15 Child Development and Parenting
161
16 Chronic Pain
176
17 Communication and People Skills
182
18 Death and Grieving
193
19 DementiaAlzheimers
213
20 Depression
222
21 Divorce
241
22 Eating Disorders
253
23 Families and Stepfamilies
267
24 Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Issues
279
25 Happiness
288
26 Infant Development and Parenting
295
35 Sexuality
394
36 Spiritual and Existential Concerns
404
37 Stress Management and Relaxation
411
38 Substance Abuse
419
39 Suicide
443
40 Teenagers and Parenting
452
41 Violent Youth
463
42 Womens Issues
471
Evaluating and Selecting SelfHelp Resources
485
Integrating SelfHelp into Treatment
492
Appendix A The 12 National Studies
505
Appendix B Ratings of SelfHelp Books in the National Studies
511
Appendix C Ratings of Autobiographies in the National Studies
539
Appendix D Ratings of Films in the National Studies
547
References
557
Index
566
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John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist in a part-time practice.

Linda F. Campbell, PhD, is a professor and director of the training clinic in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia.

John M. Grohol, PsyD, is an expert in online psychology, a researcher, and CEO and founder of a leading mental health network online, PsychCentral.com.

John W. Santrock, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Florin Selagea, MS, is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia.

Robert Sommer, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California, Davis.

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