This book offers an innovative and cutting-edge survey of abnormal psychology that is designed to connect with students and hold their attention. Its overall organization and pedagogical program reflect an emphasis on prevention, a focus on the developmental roots of disorders, and a table of contents that places discussion of those disorders earlier than is seen in other books. The book describes various causal models with a special emphasis on the diathesis-stress model, explores and critically analyses controversies in the field, and makes clear the connections between disorders, causal factors, treatment methods, and outcomes. Of course this second edition has been updated to reflect the changes contained in the DSM-5. A wealth of case studies, a focus on diversity, and a well-integrated system of in-text learning aids bring text material to life and reinforce critical analysis and learning. This authoritative text draws from the best of new and classic scholarship, from extensive consultation with leading researchers in the field, and from the authors' many years of teaching, research, and clinical experience.