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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Seminars in Psychology and the Social Sciences

Edited by Digby Tantam & Max Birchwood

Price: £17.50

College members' price: £15.75

Published: 1994

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 358

ISBN: 9780902241626

Part of the College Seminars Series.

A book about basic science for the clinical scientist – psychiatrists, clinical psychology students, general practitioners, community psychiatric nurses and social workers. Each chapter comprehensively reviews the current state of one aspect of the basic science as it relates to mental health. Links between clinical practice and some of the most recent theories considered in this book have yet to be made. However, over the next decade many of these are likely to dominate the research and service agenda, such as ethnicity as a determinant of health care, connectionist models of mental functioning, and the effects of sex and gender on mental health. For those looking for new paradigms in the social sciences, the book will prove an essential source.


Part I. Cognition and emotion.

  • Cognitive development. P. Mitchell.
  • Learning theory: the determinants of conditioned responding. P. Reed.
  • Attention and memory. S.B.G. MacAndrew & G. Matthews.
  • Language and thought. T.A. Harley.
  • Cognitive neuropsychology. S.B.G. MacAndrew & T.A. Harley.
  • Neuropsychology and psychometry. S.Hallett.
  • Emotion. K.R. Fontaine & B.J. Diamond.

Part II. Social psychology.

  • Developmental psychology: infancy and attachment. G. Harris.
  • Personal relationships. D. Cramer.
  • Personality and temperament. H.J. Eysenck.
  • Sex and gender differences: issues for psychopathology. G. Rippon.
  • Adversity and resilience. M.J. Eagles.
  • Social support and mental health: positive and negative aspects. L.A. Champion & G.M. Goodall.
  • The family. N. Frude.

Part III. Social science.

  • Class and underclass. R. Moore.
  • Culture, race and discrimination. M.R.D. Johnson.
  • The sociology of illness and deviance. J. Busfield.
  • Health services and institutions. E. Annandale.

Index. L. English.

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