Salem Health: Psychology & Behavioral Health Review

“Totaling nearly 2,500 pages, this fourth edition replaces the 2010 multivolume set edited by Nancy A. Piotrowski and earlier related series issued by Magill. It presents current information on subjects ranging from the DSM-5 to television personality Dr. Phil McGraw and features almost 100 new terms, such as bad-boy appeal, emotional abuse, romantic addiction, and flying phobia. Editor Moglia assembles alphabetically arranged entries by various contributors on characteristics and diagnostics as well as significant persons relevant to the fields of behavioral and mental health. The entries are logically arranged, informative, and consistently organized, with a short description of the psychological condition, key concepts, a basic introduction to the topic followed by more detailed aspects, and see also references. The final volume includes a glossary, a cumulative bibliography, a website directory, a mediagraphy (list of films and other productions that feature behavioral health issues), a list of organizations and support groups, and category and subject indexes. Recent additions have been made to the media and organization lists (e.g. the film American Sniper and the research firm Advocates for Human Potential). Most of the information has been expanded, especially within the reference lists. The added information makes this an excellent source of basic health information. Purchase of the printed set provides access to the online version on the publishers Salem Health platform. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels of students; general readers.”
-Choice, March 2016

“These books provide a comprehensive look at the field of psychology, written by an international collection of experts. They would be a wonderful addition to the libraries of students, clinicians, and the general public. This new edition includes 100 new articles as well as updated entries. Weighted Numerical Score: 94 – 4 Stars!”
-Doody Enterprises, February 2016

“This new set is an update to the 2010 edition of Psychology & Mental Health, in the Salem Health series. This particular work embraces the study of the psyche while recognizing the distinction between nature as a species and nature as individual. The editor notes the significant role of biology within psychology, and that is reflected in the entries’ topics as well as their content. This work is geared toward the U.S. perspective, but in certain entries, there is notice given to the differing context that exists based on cultural, societal, and gender influences. The five volumes are organized A-Z with 690 entries, which include more than 100 new entries as well as updates to the previous content. Each entry identifies type of psychology, key concepts, an introduction to the topic, and a bibliography; additional subheadings vary by entry. The two separate indexes (category and subject), along with accurate cross-referencing, contribute greatly to the ease of navigation of the multiple volumes. In addition to
a glossary, four appendixes serve to point users to further resources. This set is easy to navigate and provides information suitable for undergraduate students across disciplines but is still accessible for general readers hoping to find out more about psychology.” - Booklist, December 1, 2015 Issue

“Whether you are just starting out in psychology or doing some quick fact checking, a good subject encyclopedia can be a great tool. There are many choices out there, and the 4th edition of Salem Health: Psychology & Behavioral Health is among the best. The college student will find that this five-volume set provides context for the many diverse areas of psychology, while offering structure and needed grounding when crafting a paper or assignment for class. There are 650 articles, nearly 100 are new and on current topics such as DSM-V controversies, Hoarding, and Exercise addiction. Culturally diverse material is a welcome inclusion with 18 articles listed under the multicultural category index. Scope is wide ranging, covering most areas of psychology and including historical, biographical, clinical, cognitive, forensic, and behavioral topics, to name just a few. Articles are written clearly and structured in a way that will be helpful to students, providing the type of psychology, an abstract, and key concepts. A bibliography completes each article and cross-referencing to other articles within the set will help with navigation. There are a number of useful and substantial appendixes (glossary, directories) and among them the Mediagraphy is an interesting feature. In this section are annotations of feature films and other mass media describing their relevance to psychology. Psychology & Behavioral Health would be an excellent addition for academic and public libraries.”
-ARBA, November 2015