Generally the resources are organized by content area:
The Myth of Mental Illness. A radical viewpoint regarding the advantages and limitations of diagnosis can be found in Thomas Szasz' "The Myth of Mental Illness." This article, first published in 1960 in the American Psychologist, can be found at http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Szasz/myth.htm.
Peer-reviewed Journals in Abnormal Psychology. While research in abnormal psychology can be found in mainstream publications, most of this research is published in peer-reviewed publications. When a research article is peer-reviewed, a panel of professionals in the field review the manuscript for clarity, accuracy, and relevance before it is accepted for publication. Most of the time, peer-reviewed articles are more technical and detailed, and they are written in professional language. Visit the Web site for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, located at http://www.apa.org/journals/abn.html.
The Role of Culture in Abnormal Psychology. One of the core concepts outlined in the textbook involves the role of cultural and historical relativism in abnormal psychology. Cultural factors can be significant in terms of how abnormality is defined and treated. Visit http://www.socialpsychology.org/cultural.htm, which contains a list of cross-cultural resources in psychology.
Resources for Students in Abnormal Psychology. Many students who enroll in Abnormal Psychology courses plan to pursue a career in the field. Visit www.apa.org, the Web site for the American Psychological Association, and click on "Students." This will bring you to a list of topics of interest, including career options, undergraduate resources, graduate study in psychology, and so forth.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Abnormal Psychology. More and more clinicians and researchers in abnormal psychology are turning to complementary and alternative approaches, in keeping with the theme of the connection between mind and body. For example, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has established a Center for Complementary Medicine; information can be found at http://complementarymedicine.upmc.com/. Yet some continue to be skeptical; for example, a recent "Scientific American Frontiers" episode challenged the use of some alternative approaches. Information about this episode can be found at http://www.pbs.org/saf/1210/index.html.\
The Mind-Body Connection. One of the core concepts outlined in the textbook is "the connection between mind and body." Learn more about the psychological implications of this concept by visiting http://helping.apa.org/mind_body/index.html.
Critical Thinking in Psychology. Psychology, particularly issues in clinical and abnormal psychology, are increasingly accessible via television, magazines, and newspapers. While this can benefit the public, accepting media claims without question can potentially result in harm. Visit http://www.psychologymatters.org/wiseconsumer.html, and read about how to be a critical consumer of psychological research. How might the information on this Web site be useful for someone suffering from a psychological disorder?