Encyclopedia of Mental Health

Encyclopedia of Mental Health

2nd Edition - August 26, 2015

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Howard Friedman
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123970459
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123977533

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Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Second Edition, Four Volume Set tackles the subject of mental health, arguably one of the biggest issues facing modern society. The book presents a comprehensive overview of the many genetic, neurological, social, and psychological factors that affect mental health, also describing the impact of mental health on the individual and society, and illustrating the factors that aid positive mental health. The book contains 245 peer-reviewed articles written by more than 250 expert authors and provides essential material on assessment, theories of personality, specific disorders, therapies, forensic issues, ethics, and cross-cultural and sociological aspects. Both professionals and libraries will find this timely work indispensable.

Key Features

  • Provides fully up-to-date descriptions of the neurological, social, genetic, and psychological factors that affect the individual and society
  • Contains more than 240 articles written by domain experts in the field
  • Written in an accessible style using terms that an educated layperson can understand
  • Of interest to public as well as research libraries with coverage of many important topics, including marital health, divorce, couples therapy, fathers, child custody, day care and day care providers, extended families, and family therapy


Libraries, especially those specializing in mental health and social sciences; hospitals; psychology laboratories

Table of Contents

  • Topics included:

    Aging and Mental Health.
    Alcohol Problem
    Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Behavioral Genetics
    Behavior Therapy
    Body Image
    Body Rhythms/Body Clocks
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    Brain Development and Plasticity
    Cognitive Development
    Chronic Ilness and Mental Health
    Emotional intelligence
    Food, nutrition and mental health
    Guilt and shame
    Humour and mental health
    Moral development
    Personality Assesment
    Personality Disorders
    Positive psychology
    Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health
    Sexual Disorders and Dysfunction
    Smoking and nicotine
    Sport and mental health

    ... and many more

Product details

  • No. of pages: 2000
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: August 26, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123970459
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123977533

About the Editor in Chief

Howard Friedman

Howard Friedman
Howard S. Friedman, Editor-in-Chief, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. For his work on “changing how we think about the nature of health,” he received the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the top award for applied scientific research in psychology. His research on disease-prone and self-healing personalities (terms he coined) led to his receipt of the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology senior award from the American Psychological Association (APA Division 38). Dr. Friedman attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in psychology. He was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D.

Professor Friedman is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a thrice-elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association. In 2015, he was selected as the Faculty Research Lecturer at the University of California, Riverside, which is “the highest honor that the Academic Senate bestows.”

Dr. Friedman’s research centers around the relations of mental and physical health. He has received research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging. His wide-ranging interests and integrative orientation served him well in editing this Encyclopedia.

Devoted also to teaching, Professor Friedman has received many teaching awards, including the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, for “inspiring students to make a difference in the community.” He has also received UC Riverside’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research mentoring.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside.

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