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Psychological theories of drinking and alcoholism
Leonard, Kenneth E.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 467 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Alcohol and tension reduction / Janet Greeley, Tian Oei -- Personality and alcoholism : issues, methods, and etiological processes / Kenneth J. Sher ... [et al.] -- Social learning theory / Stephen A. Maisto, Kate B. Carey, Clara M. Bradizza -- Developmental theory and research / Michael Windle, Patrick T. Davies -- Alcohol expectancy theory : the application of cognitive neuroscience / Mark S. Goldman, Frances K. Del Boca, Jack Darkes -- Cognitive theory and research / Michael A. Sayette -- Learning theory and research / Muriel Vogel-Sprott, Mark T. Fillmore -- Alcohol and emotional response : a multidimensional-multilevel analysis / Alan R. Lang, Christopher J. Patrick, Werner G.K. Stritzke -- Behavioral genetic models of alcoholism and drinking / Matt McGue -- Neurobiological bases of alcohol's psychological effects / Kim Fromme, Elizabeth J. D'Amico.
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Updating and expanding the classic Psychological Theories of Drinking and Alcoholism , this fully revised second edition incorporates state-of-the-art presentations from leaders in the alcoholism field. Contributors review established and emerging approaches that guide research into the psychological processes influencing drinking and alcoholism. The volume's multidisciplinary approach also takes into account biological, pharmacological, and social factors, offering important insights into the development and escalation of drinking problems and the various approaches to treatment. Including significantly expanded coverage of developmental, social learning, and cognitive theories, the book features new chapters on genetics, neurobiology, and emotions.

Author Notes

Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions and the Director of the Division of Psychology in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Howard Thomas Blane, PhD, formerly Director of the Research Institute on Addictions, is Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Each chapter of this revised review of dominant theories of alcohol and drug abuse examines the literature and the historical context of a particular perspective. The first four chapters are described as broad psychological perspectives: tension-reduction theory, social learning theory, personality theory, and interactional (developmental) theory. The editors also look at more recent theories--expectancy theory, cognitive theory, and learning theory--and provide additional chapters reviewing the literature on genetic influences, neurological issues, and alcohol and emotions. All chapters review recent research, and the last three chapters add considerable new information to the original volume (CH, Jun'87). Bibliographies at the end of each chapter provide a complete reference source for the upper-division undergraduate and graduate student. Each chapter stands alone, and the chapter introductions and summaries are well-written overviews of each theory. This second edition is an excellent resource volume for an alcohol studies or psychology collection and contains enough new material to warrant replacing the earlier edition. D. L. Loers; Willamette University

Table of Contents

1 Introduction, Leonard and Blane
2 Alcohol and Tension Reduction, Greeley and Oei
3 Personality and Alcoholism: Issues, Methods, and Etiological Processes, Sher, Trull, Bartholow, and Vieth
4 Social Learning Theory, Maisto, Carey, and Bradizza
5 Developmental Theory and Research, Windle and Davies
6 Alcohol Expectancy Theory: The Application of Cognitive Neuroscience, Goldman, Del Boca, and Darkes
7 Cognitive Theory and Research, Sayette
8 Learning Theory and Research, Vogel-Sprott and Fillmore
9 Alcohol and Emotional Response: A Multidimensional-Multilevel Analysis, Lang, Patrick, and Stritzke
10 Behavioral Genetic Models of Alcoholism and Drinking, McGue
11 Neurobiological Bases of Alcohol's Psychological Effects, Fromme and D'Amico
12 Conclusion, Leonard and Blane