Alcoholism: A Review of its Characteristics, Etiology, by Irving Maltzman

By Irving Maltzman

Alcoholism: A assessment of Its features, Etiology, remedy, and Controversies offers a correct photo of the present kingdom of analysis and remedy effectiveness within the box of alcoholism. utilizing compelling facts, Irving Maltzman describes how the sector has been distorted via the habit remedy procedure. A unique experimental psychologist on the college of California, la, Professor Maltzman has written a accomplished, vital paintings marked through incisive argument. Alcoholism is a superb reference for lecturers in addition to execs operating in addictions therapy.

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Hankin University of Wisconsin- Madison Michelle M. Cornette University of Wisconsin- Madison 18 THE PUZZLE OF SUICIDE Suicide is perhaps the most paradoxical of behaviors. Over their phylogenetic and ontogenetic pasts, humans have developed many behaviors which aid in their survival. Yet, in suicide, a person intentionally destroys himself or herself. Moreover, despite its defiance ofthe laws of survival, suicide is not extremely rare. Indeed, the Surgeon General recently declared suicide a serious national threat.

Indeed, the strongest predictor in most diagnostic groups is depression -- depressed schizophrenics are at greater risk for suicide than non-depressedschizophrenics. Furthermore, psychiatric research is often methodologically unsound. Perhaps psychiatrists receive very little training in research methodology in their academic training. For example, the spate of studies in recent years reporting a link between sexual and physical abuse in childhood and adolescence and subsequent suicidal behavior has never established that the link is direct.

What are the developmental origins of cognitive vulnerability to suicidality? In the CVD Project, we directly studied the parents of the cognitively HR and LR participants with respect to parents' cognitive styles, parenting behaviors, psychopathology, and personality as well as the HR and LR participants' early childhood life events and neglect and maltreatment experiences. Below, we briefly review preliminary findings from the CVD Project on possible developmental precursors of negative and positive cognitive styles.

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