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PsycBOOKS is a full-text database of books and book chapters in the American Psychological Association’s array of quality electronic databases. Each month, books published by APA and classic books from other publishers are added to the database. The database offering includes over 1700 titles, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950-2002, approximately 120 archival resources in psychology, and the exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology with over 1,500 authored entries.

The database can be searched by specifying keywords that may occur in the article title, abstract, or indexing, or by author names and book titles. Each retrieved record has a link to the corresponding full-text chapter, which is almost always available in PDF format (so Adobe Acrobat reader is needed for viewing). Each record also has a link to the Table of Contents (TOC) for the book in which the chapter is published.

The database can also be searched for content of interest by browsing directly through the book titles and then clicking to the tables of contents for the respective chapters. In addition, an alerting function is available that sends an email to the user notifying them that a new book has been added to the database.

Some Classic Books do not have an ISBN assigned.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Applied psychology
    • Communication systems
    • Developmental psychology
    • Educational psychology
    • Experimental human and animal psychology
    • Personality
    • Psychological and physical disorders
    • Physiological psychology and neuroscience
    • Professional personnel and issues
    • Psychometrics and statistics
    • Social psychology
    • Social processes and issues
    • Sports psychology and leisure
    • Treatment and prevention
Examples of Use
  • Track the latest research on a particular psychological disorder and its treatment
  • Review the latest findings on aphasia
  • Study the impact of organizational structure on job performance
  • Keep abreast of latest advances in sports psychology
  • Explore cutting-edge research on neural networks and artificial intelligence
  • Follow new techniques in educational psychology
  • Review animal psychology as reflected in behavior patterns
Dates of Coverage
    1806 - present. Note: There are approximately 8700 records with publication dates prior to 1953.
Update Frequency
    Monthly. Note: New APA publications enter the PsycBOOKS database in the year following copyright year.
    As of July 2009, there are 2,078 Books and 26,387 Chapters in PsycBOOKS, including 8 volumes of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology containing more than 1,500 authored entries.
Sample Book Record
Title The collaborative psychotherapist: Creating reciprocal relationships with medical professionals.
Author Ruddy, Nancy Breen1; Borresen, Dorothy A.2; Gunn, William B., Jr.3
Affiliation (1)Hunterdon Family Practice Residency, Flemington, NJ, US; (2)University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey--Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, US; (3)New Hampshire/Dartmouth Family Practice Residency, Concord, NH, US
Source Psychologists in independent practice. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. (2008) ix, 266 pp.
Descriptors Collaboration* Integrated Services* *Professional Ethics Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach* Medical Personnel* Psychotherapists* Interpersonal Relationships
Abstract (From the jacket) Although it is common knowledge that physical illness affects mental well-being and vice versa, there has been a surprising lack of cooperation between psychotherapists and medical professionals in serving patients' needs. In a fragmented health care system, psychotherapists need practical strategies for effectively collaborating with medical professionals. The collaborative psychotherapist provides step-by-step guidance on how psychotherapists can work with their medical colleagues on a routine basis. Such skills are illustrated through a variety of case studies involving adult and child patients commonly seen in psychotherapy and family therapy practice. To answer the questions most frequently asked by therapists, the authors interview four veteran therapists and one medical doctor, who provide valuable insider knowledge of how to collaborate successfully. The volume authors also provide advice on how therapists can extend their skills to collaborate more intensively on complex cases that may involve specialists. Among the useful tools in this book are model letters of introduction, suggestions for follow-up communication, and checklists of medical issues to consider when evaluating patients. All of these can be copied freely and modified according to the practitioner's specific needs. After reading this book, readers will be ready to work successfully with their medical colleagues, ensuring the best care for their patients and, as a byproduct, increasing their professional satisfaction and referral base in the community. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
Series Title Psychologists in independent practice.
ISBN 1433803380 (hardcover); 9781433803383 (hardcover)
DOI 10.1037/11754-000
Publisher Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association
Table of Contents

Introduction: Becoming a collaborative psychotherapist
Part I: Routine collaboration
The hidden benefits of collaboration / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 23-37 Primary care: Where the patients are / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 39-53 The nuts and bolts of routine collaboration / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 55-69
Part II: Intensive collaboration
Challenging patients, challenging interactions / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 73-94 Strategies and techniques in intensive collaboration / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 95-113 Colocating with medical professionals: A new model of integrated care / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 115-133
Part II: Clinical examples of collaboration
Too many stressors: A case of major depression at midlife / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 139-147 The underachieving son: A case of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 149-156 The best little girl in the world: A case of anorexia nervosa / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 157-165 A man loses his identity: A complex case of chronic pain, disability, and depression / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 167-176
Part VI: Collaboration in the real world: Interviews with collaborative health care professionals
Collaborative private practice / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 181-187 Collaborative primary care medical practice / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 189-194 Collaborative managed care / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 195-203 Collaborative primary care mental health / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 205-214 Collaborative crisis services / Nancy Breen Ruddy, Dorothy A. Borresen and William B. Gunn, Jr. / pp. 215-220
Appendix A: Medical problems associated with psychiatric symptoms Appendix B: Psychiatric side effects of commonly used medications Appendix C: The collaborative psychotherapist's toolbox Appendix D: Additional resources Appendix E: Questions to elicit the patient's and family's story
About the Authors

Target Audience Psychology: Professional & Research
Language English
Publication Year 2008
Publication Type Book; Authored Book
Format Covered Print
Population Human
Identifiers collaboration; psychotherapists; professional relationships; medical professionals
Classification 3400 Professional Psychological & Health Personnel Issues
Number of References 111 reference(s) present
References 1. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. (2005). The ACGME Outcome Project: An introduction. The ACGME Outcome Project: An introduction, 19, 2007, from http://www.acgme .org/outcome /project /OPintrorevl_7â€"05 .ppt.
2.American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (2001). AAMFT code of ethics. AAMFT code of ethics, 10, 2007, from http://www.aamft .org/resources /LRMPlan/Ethics /ethicscode2001.asp.
3.American Psychiatric Association. (1998, November 20). Collaboration between psychiatrists, primary care doctors vital in ensuring more mental healthcare. Psychiatric News, p. 9.
4.American Psychological Association Practice Directorate. (2006). [Survey of psy-chologists’ opinions and practice patterns regarding collaboration with medical professionals]. Unpublished raw data.
5.American Psychological Association. (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved November 10,2007, from http: / / /code2002.html Cited by 394
6.Ansseau, M., Dierick, M., Buntinkx, F., Cnockaert, P., Smedt, J. & Van Den Haute, M. (2004). High prevalence of mental disorders in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders, 78, 49â€"55.
7.Bair, M. J., Robinson, R. L., Eckert, G. J., Stang, P. E., Crogban, T. W., & Kroenke, K. (2004). Impact of pain in depression treatment response in primary care. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66,17â€"22.
8.Barsky, A. J., & Borus, J. F. (1995). Somatization and medicalization in the era of managed care. Journal of the American Medical Association, 274,1931â€"1934.
9.Bass, C. (1990). Somatisation: Physical symptoms and psychological disorder. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Cited by 3
10.Benson, H. (1975). The relaxation response. New York: Morrow. Cited by 375
11.Benson, H. (1996). Timeless healing: The power and biology of belief. New York: Scribner.
Last Revision Date 20090309
Update 20090428
Accession Number 2008 - 03695 - 000

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Sample Chapter Record
Title On self-criticism as interpersonally maladaptive.
Monograph Title Self-criticism and self-enhancement: Theory, research, and clinical implications.
Author Holm-Denoma, Jill M1; Otamendi, Ainhoa2; Joiner, Thomas E., Jr.3
Affiliation (1)University of Vermont, Burlington, Burlington, VT, US; (2)University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain; (3)Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US
Source Chang, Edward C. (2008). Self-criticism and self-enhancement: Theory, research, and clinical implications. (pp. 73-86). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. xvi, 291 pp.
Descriptors Distress* Interpersonal Interaction* Self Criticism* Family Members Friendship Marriage Social Support
Abstract (From the chapter) Among the potentially damaging effects of self-criticism is interpersonal strife. Individuals who are highly critical of themselves often experience struggles in many social domains, including relationships with romantic partners, family members, and friends. These interpersonal difficulties may result from the hypothesized insecurities that self-critical individuals have about attachment and social rank, their tendency to make few requests for social support, their relative lack of interpersonal goals, and the little pleasant affect they feel when acting communally. It is interesting that self-criticism appears to increase the frequency of negative interpersonal events and to increase subjective distress associated with interpersonal stressors. In this chapter we discuss the dynamic function of self-criticism, mediators between self-criticism and interpersonal difficulties, and how self-criticism affects particular interpersonal relationships (e.g., marriages and friendships). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
ISBN 1433801159 (hardcover); 9781433801150 (hardcover)
DOI 10.1037/11624-005
Publisher Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association
Target Audience Psychology: Professional & Research
Language English
Publication Year 2008
Publication Type Book; Authored Book; Chapter
Format Covered Print
Identifiers interpersonal difficulties; self criticism; self enhancement; interpersonal relationships; interpersonal stressors
Classification 3120 Personality Traits & Processes; 3020 Group & Interpersonal Processes
Number of References 57 reference(s) present
Update 20081230
References 1.Alden, L. E. & Bieling, P. J. (1996). Interpersonal convergence of personality constructs in dynamic and cognitive models of depression. Journal of Research in Personality, 30, 60-75.
2.Aube, J. & Whiffen, V. E. (1996). Depressive styles and social acuity: Further evidence for distinct interpersonal correlates of dependency and self-criticism. Communication Research, 23, 407-424.
3.Bagby, R. M. & Rector, N. A. (1998). Self-criticism, dependency, and the five factor model of personality in depression: Assessing construct overlap. Personality and Individual Differences, 24, 895-897.
4.Blatt, S. J. (1974). Levels of object representation in anaclitic and introjective depression. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 24, 107-157.
5.Blatt, S. J. (1991). A cognitive morphology of psychopathology. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 179, 449-458.
6.Blatt, S. J. & Shichman, S. (1983). Two primary configurations of psychopathology. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 6, 187-254.
7.Blatt, S. J. & Zuroff, D. (1992). Interpersonal relatedness and self-definition: Two prototypes for depression. Clinical Psychology Review, 12, 527-562.
8.Blatt, S. J., D’Afflitti, J. P. & Quinlan, D. M. (1976). Experiences of depression in normal young adults. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 85, 383-389.
9.Casbon, T. S., Burns, A. B., Bradbury, T. N. & Joiner, T. E. (2005). Receipt of negative feedback is related to increased negative feedback seeking among individuals with depressive symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 485-504.
10.Clark, L. A., Watson, D. & Mineka, S. (1994). Temperament, personality, and the mood and anxiety disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 103, 103-116.
11.Cox, B. J., Rector, N. A., Bagby, R. M., Swinson, R. P., Levitt, A. J. & Joffe, R. T. (2000). Is self-criticism unique for depression? A comparison with social phobia. Journal of Affective Disorders, 57, 223-228.
Last Revision Date 20071008
Accession Number 2007-11977-005

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Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code.

    AB = Abstract LO = Location
    AE = AGE ME = Methodology
    AF = Affiliation NR = Number of References
    AN = Accession Number NT = Notes
    AU = Author PB = Publisher
    CF = Conference PO = Population
    CI = Contact Individual PT = Publication Type
    CL = Classification PY = Publication Year
    DE = Descriptors RE = References
    DO = DOI SD = Supplemental Data
    EA = Email Address SO = Source
    FC = Format Covered TA = Target Audience
    IB = ISBN TB = Table of Contents
    ID = Identifiers TM = Tests & Measures
    KW = Keywords TI = Title
    LA = Language UD = Update

    Classification, CL=

    PsycINFO classifications describe broad areas of the field of psychology. Each includes a 4-didgit code that, when sorted numerically, orders the categories hierarchically by subject area. All PsycINFO records are classified according to the most specific category applicable. The classification scheme is shown below.

    To search for a specific category, use either the word(s) or the code, e.g.:

    cl=(clinical psychology testing)

    To search for everything in a hierarchy, truncate the code, e.g.: CL=22*

    (Note, for very large hierarchies, truncating may slow the search process.)

    2100 General Psychology


    History & Systems

    2200 Psychometrics & Statistics & Methodology


    Tests & Testing
    Sensory & Motor Testing
    Developmental Scales & Schedules
    Personality Scales & Inventories
    Clinical Psychological Testing
    Neuropsychological Assessment
    Health Psychology Testing
    Educational Measurement
    Occupational & Employment Testing
    Consumer Opinion & Attitude Testing
    Statistics & Mathematics
    Research Methods & Experimental Design

    2300 Human Experimental Psychology


    Sensory Perception
    Visual Perception
    Auditory & Speech Perception
    Motor Processes
    Cognitive Processes
    Learning & Memory
    Motivation & Emotion
    Consciousness State

    2400 Animal Experimental & Comparative Psychology


    Learning & Motivation
    Social & Instinctive Behavior

    2500 Physiological Psychology & Neuroscience


    Neuropsychology & Neurology
    Physiological Processes

    2600 Psychology & the Humanities


    Literature & Fine Arts Philosophy

    2700 Communication Systems


    Linguistics & Language & Speech
    Mass Media Communications

    2800 Developmental Psychology


    Cognitive & Perceptual Development
    Psychosocial & Personality Development

    2900 Social Processes & Social Issues


    Social Structure & Organization
    Culture & Ethnology
    Marriage & Family
    Divorce & Remarriage
    Childrearing & Child Care
    Political Processes & Political Issues
    Sex Roles & Women's Issues
    Sexual Behavior & Sexual Orientation
    Drug & Alcohol Usage (Legal)

    3000 Social Psychology


    Group & Interpersonal Processes
    Social Perception & Cognition

    3100 Personality Psychology


    Personality Traits & Processes
    Personality Theory
    Psychoanalytic Theory

    3200 Psychological & Physical Disorders


    Psychological Disorders
    Affective Disorders
    Schizophrenia & Psychotic States
    Neuroses & Anxiety Disorders
    Personality Disorders
    Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior
    Substance Abuse & Addiction
    Criminal Behavior & Juvenile Delinquency
    Developmental Disorders & Autism
    Learning Disorders
    Mental Retardation
    Eating Disorders
    Speech & Language Disorders
    Environmental Toxins & Health
    Physical & Somatoform & Psychogenic Disorders
    Immunological Disorders
    Cardiovascular Disorders
    Neurological Disorders & Brain Damage
    Vision & Hearing & Sensory Disorders

    3300 Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention


    Psychotherapy & Psychotherapeutic Counseling
    Cognitive Therapy
    Behavior Therapy & Behavior Modification
    Group & Family Therapy
    Interpersonal & Client Centered & Humanistic Therapy
    Psychoanalytic Therapy
    Clinical Psychotherapeutic Counseling
    Specialized Interventions
    Clinical Hypnosis
    Self Help Groups
    Lay & Paraprofessional & Pastoral Counseling
    Art & Music & Movement Therapy
    Health Psychology & Medicine
    Behavioral & Psychological Treatment of Physical Illness
    Medical Treatment of Physical Illness
    Promotion & Maintenance of Health & Wellness
    Health & Mental Health Services
    Outpatient Services
    Community & Social Services
    Home Care & Hospice
    Nursing Homes & Residential Care
    Inpatient & Hospital Services
    Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation
    Occupational & Vocational Rehabilitation
    Speech & Language Therapy
    Criminal Rehabilitation & Penology

    3400 Professional Psychological & Health Personnel Issues


    Professional Education & Training
    Professional Personnel Attitudes & Characteristics
    Professional Ethics & Standards & Liability
    Impaired Professionals

    3500 Educational Psychology


    Educational Administration & Personnel
    Curriculum & Programs & Teaching Methods
    Academic Learning & Achievement
    Classroom Dynamics & Student Adjustment & Attitudes
    Special & Remedial Education
    Gifted & Talented
    Educational/Vocational Counseling & Student Services

    3600 Industrial & Organizational Psychology


    Occupational Interests & Guidance
    Personnel Evaluation & Job Performance
    Management & Management Training
    Personnel Attitudes & Job Satisfaction
    Organizational Behavior
    Working Conditions & Industrial Safety

    3700 Sport Psychology & Leisure


    Recreation & Leisure

    3800 Military Psychology
    3900 Consumer Psychology


    Consumer Attitudes & Behavior
    Marketing & Advertising

    4000 Engineering & Environmental Psychology


    Human Factors Engineering
    Lifespace & Institutional Design
    Community & Environmental Planning
    Environmental Issues & Attitudes

    4100 Intelligent Systems


    Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems
    Neural Networks

    4200 Forensic Psychology & Legal Issues


    Civil Rights & Civil Law
    Criminal Law & Adjudication
    Mediation & Conflict Resolution
    Crime Prevention
    Police & Legal Personnel

    Format Covered, FC=
    Specifies the source document format type actually covered in the PsycINFO database. Appears in Journal Article, Book, Book Chapter, Dissertation, and Technical Report records.

    Location, LO=

    Location contains a standardized description of continents, regions, and country names, related to the content of the document. This field may contain multiple locations.

    To search a specific location, enter the word, e.g.:


    Alternatively, use the browsable index and select from the location terms displayed there.

    Population contains a standardized description of specific populations related to the content of the document. These include: human, animal, male, female, inpatient, outpatient.

    To search a specific population, enter the word, e.g.:


    Alternatively, use the browsable index and select from the population or age group terms displayed there.

    Age groups are indexed as follows:

    Childhood (birth-12 yrs)
    Neonatal ( birth-1 mo)
    Infancy (1-23 MO)
    Preschool Age (2-5 yrs)
    School Age (6-12 yrs)
    Adolescence (13-17 yrs)
    Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
    Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs)
    Thirties (30-39 yrs)
    Middle Age (40-64 yrs)
    Aged (65 yrs & older)
    Very Old (85 yrs & older)

    To search age groups, it is only necessary to use the name of the age group, e.g.:

    ae=(school age)

    Alternatively, use the browsable index and select from the population or age group terms displayed there.

    The Methodology field identifies the specific kind of methodology used in a research study. Methodology may contain the values listed below. American Psychological Association definitions of each methodology are available here.

    Clinical Case Study
    Empirical Study
    Experimental Replication
    Followup Study
    Longitudinal Study
    Prospective Study
    Retrospective Study
    Field Study
    Literature Review
    Mathematical Model
    Meta Analysis
    Nonclinical Case Study
    Qualitative Study
    Quantitative Study
    Treatment Outcome/Randomized Clinical Trial

    To search the Methodologies, enter the unique term, e.g.:

    me=(clinical case ctudy)

    Alternatively, use the browsable index and select from the methodology terms displayed there.

    Publication Type, PT=

    Identifies the general type of document. The publication types are as follows:
        Authored Book
        Edited Book
      Classic Book
      Conference Proceeding
      Encyclopedia Entry
      Handbook Manual
      Journal Article
      Reference Book
      Textbook/Study Guide

    To search publication type, either enter the unique word(s), e.g.:


    Or use the browsable index and select from the publication types displayed there.

    References, RE=

    Lists references published with journal articles, books, and book chapters.

    Comprehensive coverage of cited references began in 2001, but references appear from 1988 on. Additional retrospective references will be added to the database as they become available. All published references are included in the PsycINFO record, except those not referring to publications, those in non-Roman alphabets, and those that cause the character limit of PsycINFO records to be exceeded.

    The references appear in APA-style format, and therefore can be searched for any information that would be included in that particular citation style.

    Search for an author or authors, e.g.: re=(Ko)

    Search for a publication year, e.g.: re=(1989)

    Search for a specific publication, e.g.: re=(Behavioral Neuroscience)

    Search for a publisher, e.g.: re=(Cambridge University Press)

    When constructing your search strategy, please keep in mind the large size of the references field and the numerous citations that one references field could possibly contain. A search for a specific author and publication year in the references field could easily retrieve false hits. For example, a search for re=(costa and 1985) could retrieve the name Costa from citation number two and the 1985 publication date from citation number twelve.

    The use of proximity operators in your search strategy can help to eliminate false hits. Incorporate proximity operators into your search strategy to ensure that a search containing two or more separate data elements only retrieves relevant citations, e.g.: re=(Costa) within 12 (1985)

    Note: Since the references field can be quite large, it may take a longer period of time for your search results to be retrieved. To eliminate the references field from your search results, select "Full Record - Omit Refs" from the drop-down box of viewing formats in either the Quick Search or the Advanced Search.

    Supplemental Data, SD=

    Contains supplemental data or other information found either appended to the print source or available on the Internet. May appear for all publication types. Some supplemental data values may be appended with "Available" or "Internet Available."

    Data types include the following:

      3-D Modeling Images
      Data Sets
      Tables and Figures
      Web Sites
      Workbook/Study Guide

    Table of Contents, TB=

    The Table of Contents field contains the chapter title, chapter author(s), and chapter pagination within a book or encyclopedia record. To view the individual chapters listed within the Table of Contents (TB=) field, click on the 'Table of Contents' hyperlink which is located either above the record on the full record page or just under the citation on the search results page.

    Target Audience, TA=

    Identifies the intended audience of the document. This filed is relevant only to books, chapters, encyclopedias, and encyclopedia entries. The values include the following:

    General Public
    Psychology: Professional & Research

    To search a particular audience, enter the unique word(s), e.g.:


    Tests & Measures, TM=

    Contains the names of published tests and measures mentioned in the source document. This field may contain multiple tests or measures.

    To search for a record containing a particular test or measure, enter the test or measure name, e.g.:

    tm=(wechsler intelligence scale for children)