Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, By Barrett W. McRay and Mark A. Yarhouse and Richard E. Butman

Modern Psychopathologies

A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books

Second Edition

by Barrett W. McRay, Mark A. Yarhouse, and Richard E. Butman

Modern Psychopathologies
  • Length: 486 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: September 23, 2016
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2850
  • ISBN: 9780830828500

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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, this book provides an introduction to a set of disorders along with overviews of current research on etiology, treatment and prevention. Prior chapters explore the classification of disorders in historic pastoral care and contemporary mental health care. The authors explain the biological and sociocultural foundations of mental illness, and reflect on the relation between psychopathology and the Christian understanding of sin. Modern Psychopathologies is a unique and valuable resource for Christians studying psychology and counseling or providing counseling services, pastoral care, Christian healing ministries or spiritual direction.

The revised second edition is fully updated according to DSM-5 and ICD-10. The authors have expanded the analysis to include problems associated with trauma, gender, addiction and more.

Though fully capable of standing on its own, the book is a useful companion volume to Modern Psychotherapies by Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman.

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Books explore how Christianity relates to mental health and behavioral sciences including psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to equip Christian clinicians to support the well-being of their clients.

"This revised edition of Modern Psychopathologies will be a very useful text for courses in diagnosis and psychopathology in Christian institutions as well as an excellent resource for Christian students enrolled in secular schools. I appreciate the care the authors have taken to place contemporary conceptualizations of psychopathology within the historical context of pastoral care and current church ministry, as well as to incorporate discussion of theological concepts such as the role of sin and suffering. Their organization of the material around DSM-5 categories will help students better understand this diagnostic system, while their critiques of DSM-5 will help enable students to understand both its benefits and limitations."

Heather Davediuk Gingrich, professor of counseling, Denver Seminary

"This second edition of Modern Psychopathologies continues to be a substantial contribution to the integration literature, with distinctively Christian perspectives on pastoral care, sin, and psychopathology. I highly recommend this clearly written and comprehensive book as an integrative text for courses on psychopathology as well as on integration."

Siang-Yang Tan, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Counseling and Psychotherapy

"The second edition of this seminal work includes helpful information regarding diagnostic changes, both large and small, in DSM-5. The authors remain committed to a holistic understanding of human suffering—an approach that seeks to stimulate conversations about the complicated connections among the spiritual, psychological, religious, and secular notions of human dysfunction. Especially helpful is their concluding chapter on responsible care in an imperfect system. Students of abnormal psychology and the art of diagnosis will benefit from this useful and readable text."

James R. Beck, senior professor of counseling, Denver Seminary

"Integrating faith with science is a significant undertaking in Christian higher education. As one who teaches Introduction to Psychopathology to beginning clinical psychology doctoral students in a faith-based program, I am consistently searching for tools to assist in the process of integration. I was summarily impressed with the first edition of this book, having used it for several years. I am excited to endorse this second edition, which brings the text up to date with current diagnostic organization and nomenclature in the DSM-5. The authors make integration explicit, sharing connections between historical faith traditions, current faith practices and understanding, and the latest scientific evidence from psychopathology. They outline general frameworks for understanding psychopathology from scriptural, pastoral, and scientific lenses. They then move to nuanced exploration of specific groupings of disorders, maintaining this multiple-lens approach. This allows for the reader to consider pathology from various perspectives and begin the process of integration. I have not found a better tool for assisting students with integration around issues of psychopathology. I highly recommend this text."

David M. Cimbora, professor and associate dean of doctoral programs, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University

"This book provides Christians in the helping professions with a solid scaffolding for integrating Christian doctrine and practice with psychopathology. The authors deal masterfully with the thorny and complex problem of the relationship between sin and psychopathology as well as the related issue of responsibility. This book combines the best and most recent advances in the understanding of psychopathology with the richness of Christian thought on human suffering, helping to create a vision for a Christian response that moves beyond symptom reduction to flourishing. I highly recommend this book to pastors and therapists seeking to more thoughtfully address human brokenness in all its varieties."

M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall, professor of psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University

"Finally! A comprehensive Christian perspective on abnormal psychology. This book is grounded, insightful, biblical, practical, accessible—and long overdue. Everyone interested in exploring psychopathology from a Christian worldview will relish reading this updated edition of the book."

Les Parrott, department of psychology, Seattle Pacific University, author of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

"Books on psychopathology are a dime a dozen. However, no other volume takes into consideration the centuries-old tradition of the treatment of the mentally ill by priests and pastors as well as carefully thought-out applied theologies relating sin to human frailty. When these considerations are combined with a definitive survey of contemporary theory and research, we have a seminal volume that will be a standard for years to come. I cannot think of a volume that better balances tradition with practice."

H. Newton Malony, MDiv, Ph.D., Senior Professor, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Over the past century, the church and the behavioral sciences have sometimes been at odds over the causes and treatments of mental disorders. This work offers a well-reasoned rapprochement that takes seriously the long tradition of pastoral care and counseling within the church as well as the increasing body of knowledge being amassed in the biopsychosocial sciences."

Randolph K. Sanders, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and former Executive Director of Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)


Preface to the 2nd Edition

Part I: Historic and Contemporary Categorization
1. Classification in Historic Pastoral Care
2. Classification in Contemporary Mental Health
3. Biological Foundations of Mental Illness
4. Sociocultural Foundations of Mental Illness
5. Sin and Psychopathology

Part II: The Psychopathologies: Categories of Psychological Problems
6. The "Problems": An Introduction
7. Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
8. Problems of Anxiety
9. Problems of Mood
10. Problems Arising from Trauma
11. Problems in the Development of the Self
12. Problems of Sexuality and Gender
13. Problems of Psychosis
14. Problems Involving Addiction
15. Problems in Older Adulthood
16. Problems Stemming from Societal Pathology

Part III: What Now?
17. Responsible Care in an Imperfect System
Appendix: Major Theoretical Approaches to Psychopathology
Author Index
Subject Index


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