Publishers Note

The first edition of Psychology Basics, drawn from the six-volume Survey of Social Science: Psychology (1993), has been a popular, accessible, and affordable source of information about important theories and issues in this dynamic field. Since the publication of Psychology Basics in 1998, the larger set has undergone a substantial redesign, revision, and update as the four-volume Magill's Encyclopedia of Social Science: Psychology (2003), which was named a 2004 Outstanding Reference Source by RUSA. Essays in the two-volume Psychology Basics, Revised Edition, are taken from this award-winning work.

This revised title in the Magill's Choice series features 127 essays. One-third of these topics did not appear in the previous edition of Psychology Basics. The remaining two-thirds have the same or similar titles but were either newly commissioned for the revision of the larger encyclopedia or feature both updated text—bringing them in line with the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR (2000)—and new "Sources for Further Study" sections that offer the latest editions and scholarship. Additions to the Revised Edition include new top matter, tailored subheadings guiding readers through the text, photographs and medical drawings, helpful lists of diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV-TR, and two appendices: a Biographical List of Psychologists with brief profiles of major figures in the field, both past and present, and an annotated Web Site Directory for support groups, organizations, and on-line sources of information on this field. As a result, Psychology Basics, Revised Edition, supersedes the previous Psychology Basics and should prove to be even more valuable.

Arranged in an A-Z format, Psychology Basics, Revised Edition, highlights theories and concepts in the following areas:

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