Behavioral Mechanisms and Psychopathology: Advancing the Explanation of Its Nature, Cause, and Treatment
Whether to enhance theoretical understanding or improve clinical efficacy, behavioral disorders and psychopathologies must be examined in terms of their underlying behavioral mechanisms. Diagnostic approaches focus on the symptomatology of psychopathologies and behavioral disorders, limiting their understanding of aberrant behavior to the presenting symptoms alone. The reliance on behavioral mechanisms to explain psychopathologies, however, affords researchers and clinicians a much broader perspective to assess the causes, course, and treatment of aberrant behavior.
Geared principally toward researchers in the behavioral sciences and clinical specialists, Behavioral Mechanisms and Psychopathology is a survey of quantitative and qualitative research designs to isolate and identify behavioral mechanisms—theoretical and physical entities and pathways that mediate behavior in a variety of psychopathologies and behavioral disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anxiety and eating disorders, and alcoholism and substance abuse.