Current Topics in Clinical and Community Psychology

Current Topics in Clinical and Community Psychology

Volume 1

1st Edition - January 1, 1969

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  • Editor: Charles D. Spielberger
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483224756

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Current Topics in Clinical and Community Psychology, Volume 1 reviews advances in clinical and community psychology. Topics covered include theory and research in areas such as psychological assessment of intelligence, personality, and abnormal behavior; psychotherapy, broadly defined to include counseling and behavior modification; and psychophysiological and neurological determinants of personality and psychopathology. Comprised of five chapters, this volume first illustrates how reinforcement and modeling techniques can enable psychologists to function effectively as mental health consultants and agents of social change in an institution for delinquent children. The second chapter describes a unique program designed to prevent emotional dysfunction in school children by combining effective therapeutic intervention with relevant research and evaluation. The third chapter challenges the relevance of psychological research that does not take into account the relationship between the experimenter and his subjects, and instead demonstrates the impact of experimenter self-disclosure on the responses given to psychological tests and on subjects' behavior in psychology experiments. The fourth chapter proposes a behaviorally oriented model for the assessment of positive mental health and describes a successful application of this model in the assessment of the competence of college freshmen. The final chapter relates research on human psychophysiology to problems of psychological assessment and psychotherapy that are of central concern to clinical psychologists. This book should prove useful to practicing clinical and community psychologists, graduate and undergraduate students of psychology, and members of other mental health professions.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Social Influence Technique in Clinical and Community Psychology

    I. Introduction

    II. The Principle of Reinforcement

    III. The Principle of Modeling

    IV. Summary and Conclusions


    Research on Early Detection and Prevention of Emotional Dysfunction in Young School Children

    I. Introduction

    II. Background for Initial Programs in Early Detection and Prevention

    III. Early Detection Procedures

    IV. Preventive Procedures

    V. Recent Programs in Secondary Prevention

    VI. Concluding Remarks


    The Effects of Experiments' Self-Disclosure on Subjects' Behavior

    I. Introduction

    II. Some Effects of Experimenter-Subject Acquaintance

    III. Conclusion

    Appendix I: 40-Item Self-Disclosure Questionnaire Game of Invitations

    Appendix II: Interview Rating Scale

    Appendix III: Topics of the Interview

    Appendix IV: Impression Scale

    Appendix V: Discussion Topics

    Appendix VI: Discussion Topics

    Appendix VII: Self-Disclosure Questions

    Appendix VIII: The Experience of Being a "Subject"


    A Behavioral-Analytic Model for Assessing Competence

    I. Introduction

    II. Approaches to Assessment

    III. Definitions of Competence

    IV. A Behavioral-Analytic Method of Assessing Competence

    V. The Stony Brook Study

    VI. Conclusions and Implications


    Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology

    I. Introduction

    II. Theoretical Models and Their Application to Clinical Psychological Problems

    III. Personality Correlates of Psychophysiological Processes

    IV. Psychophysiology and Psychotherapy

    V. Diagnosis

    VI. Conclusions


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 274
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1969
  • Published: January 1, 1969
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483224756

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Charles D. Spielberger

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