Encyclopedias: Psychology/Behavioral Sciences

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SAGE Research Methods [Rutgers Restricted]
Full-text access to dictionary and encyclopedia entries, book chapters, full books, journal articles.

APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides a comprehensive overview of: the history of clinical psychology, specialties and settings, theoretical and research approaches, assessment, treatment and prevention, psychological disorders, health and relational disorders, health promotion, educational paths, psychologists' development, ethics and standards, professional organizations, and future directions of clinical psychology."

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Coverage includes: biological psychology and neuroscience; DSM diagnoses and psychopathological conditions; psychological and psychopharmacological treatment methods; psychological tests, scales, and assessment methods; developmental processes; research methods and statistical procedures; psychological societies and organizations; psychology from around the world; and biographical entries on over 600 influential psychologists.

Drugs and Controlled Substances: Information for Students [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides detailed information on the physiological and psychological effects of addictive drugs and substances, from illegal drugs to commonly abused classes of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Entries cover the name of the drug, including official, street, variant and historical names; an overview of the substance; statistical analysis of the growth and decline of the use of the drug; mental, physiological and long-term effects of use; treatment and rehabilitation options; and much more. Electronic version of the print resource."

Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers topics such as: adolescent, adult, child, and infant development; ads training and education; culture and diversity; developmental assessment, disorders, processes, and risks; the ecology of human development; emotional, social, and personality development; ethics; families and parenting; health; historical influences; organizations, schools and universities; religiosity and spirituality; research methodology; social issues; and more.

Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders [Rutgers Restricted]
"Approximately 1,500 entries divided by the major conceptual areas of ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and PDDs (Pervasive Developmental Disorders), including: Research trends and findings, Behavior/speech, Communication, Treatments, and Education."

Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a thorough examination of the components of behavior modification, behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and applied behavior analysis for both child and adult populations in a variety of settings. Although the focus is on technical applications, entries also provide the historical context in which behavior therapists have worked, including research issues and strategies. Entries on assessment, ethical concerns, theoretical differences, and the unique contributions of key figures in the movement (including B. F. Skinner, Joseph Wolpe, Aaron T. Beck, and many others) are also included.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides cross-disciplinary coverage from the fields of psychology, education, media studies and communication, sociology, and public policy. Includes entries covering television, film, video games, the Internet and World Wide Web, magazines, music, and more. Explores complex and difficult topics such as violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, attention deficit disorder, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking, and child development."

Encyclopedia of Counseling [Rutgers Restricted]
Electronic version of the 4 volume set providing "a comprehensive overview of the theories, models, techniques, and challenges involved in professional counseling."

Encyclopedia of Drugs - Alcohol and Addictive Behavior [Rutgers Restricted]
"The content emphasis is on updating of both topics and statistics across a broad spectrum. Specifically addressing the new frontiers that have opened in the area of addictive studies, the volumes explore not only the biological basis for addiction, but also recent enhancements in diagnosis and treatment." Electronic version of the 4 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
"Draws from a variety of disciplines including psychology, anthropology, education, sociology, public health, school psychology, counseling, history, and philosophy."

Encyclopedia of Emotion [Rutgers Restricted]
Cuts "across disciplines, representing research and theory from psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, biology, animal behavior, history, literature, and the arts."

Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders [Rutgers Restricted]
"The scope of the book is an overview of all the feeding and eating disorders from “bench to bedside”, incorporating recent changes introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). The aim is to present one of the first complete overviews of the newly defined area of feeding and eating disorders with respect to genetics, biology and neuroscience through to theory and its application in developing clinical approaches to the prevention and treatment of feeding and eating disorders."

Encyclopedia of Geropsychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "key areas of geropsychology such as perception, cognition, clinical, organizational, health, social, experimental and neuropsychology. In addition to that, the encyclopedia covers related disciplines such as neuroscience, social science, population health, public policy issues pertaining to retirement, epidemiology and demography and medicine."

Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains thousands of ready-to-use facts from the fields of education, psychology, sociology, and the arts. The entries cover the major facets of this field, from artistic ability, to achievement motivation, to creative personality, to emotional intelligence, gender differences, genius, intelligence testing, learning styles, minority under-representation, multiple intelligences, musical ability, prodigies, scientists, self-actualization, thinking skills, and more."

Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers concepts from "intersecting disciplines such as sociology, organizational and cross-cultural psychology, and language and communication studies."

Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior [Rutgers Restricted]
Electronic version of the 2 volume set covering all aspects of the interdisciplinary field of behavioral medicine.

Encyclopedia of Human Development [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes information from the "fields of psychology, individual and family studies, and education." An electronic version of the 3 volume print resource, the set "covers topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament, and more."

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers a wide variety of themes including communication processes, personality and individual differences, psychological processes, the social context of relationships, and theoretical approaches to studying relationships.

Encyclopedia of Identity [Rutgers Restricted]
Offers "a broad, comprehensive overview of the definitions, politics, manifestations, concepts, and ideas related to identity, the entries include short biographies of major thinkers and leaders, as well as discussions of events, personalities, and concepts."

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Presents a thorough overview of the cross-disciplinary field of industrial and organizational psychology for students, researchers, and professionals in the areas of psychology, business, management, and human resources. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making [Rutgers Restricted]
Discusses very general issues that span many aspects of MDM, including bioethics; health policy and economics; disaster simulation modeling; medical informatics; the psychology of decision making; shared and team medical decision making; social, moral, and religious factors; end-of-life decision making; assessing patient preference and patient adherence; and more

Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
Includes entries for all 150 disorders classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). Also features entries for prescription, alternative, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication of the same name.

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Addresses culture across a broad spectrum of psychological perspectives and includes topics that are relevant to social psychology, cognitive psychology, environmental psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and clinical psychology. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Obesity [Rutgers Restricted]
Summarizes "pertinent topics in obesity and related health conditions, including molecular biology, psychology, medicine, public health and policy, food science, environmental health, and pharmaceuticals." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers recent and historical phenomena, topics, concepts, cults, personalities, organizations, and publications associated with the fields of occultism and parapsychology. Includes over 2,000 biographies of prominent individuals and personalities in these fields; country entries on the development of occultism and parapsychology; and pro and con narrative on some of the controversial topics. An electronic version of the 2 volume 5th edition.

Encyclopedia of Perception [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the topic from a wide variety of fields such as psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, and philosophy.

Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores the concept of play in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of several curricular disciplines, from sociology to child psychology, from lifestyle history to social epidemiology."

Encyclopedia of Power [Rutgers Restricted]
"With comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences, the encyclopedia serves as a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used. It also provides a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts and for related topics, showing how these disparate topics are related to power."

Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment [Rutgers Restricted]
Coverage of all areas from the most traditional, such as clinical, educational and work and organizational psychology, to the most recent applications linked to health, gerontology, neuropsychology, psychophysiology and environmental assessment. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Includes original information generated by researchers and practitioners in various fields of psychology, and a hierarchical database of links to websites providing information about scientific psychology.

Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes "entries describing a wide array of contemporary and historical psychology and law topics" with reference to the related field of criminal justice. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of School Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Authors from the fields of "psychology, education and counseling, child development, and special education address student success, behavior disorders, intelligence testing, learning disabilities, strategies to improve academic skills, and more." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides background to each concept, explains what researchers are now doing with it, and discusses where it stands in relation to other concepts in the field. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes important work and traditions from each of the urban disciplines, including urban anthropology, urban economics, urban geography, urban history, urban politics, urban psychology, and urban sociology."

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides information about antagonism and reconciliation in all contexts of public and personal life. Covers topics such as arms control, peace movements, child abuse, folklore, terrorism and political assassinations.

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders. Electronic version of the 2 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the entire spectrum of psychology, including notable people, theories and terms, landmark case studies and experiments, applications of psychology in advertising, medicine and sports, and career information. Electronic version of the 2nd edition of the print resource.

Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides "information on topics relating to magic, witchcraft, the supernatural, and other mysterious phenomena. Covers the history, people, and practices related to each topic, as well as popular literature, television programs, and movies related to the subject." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource. A freely accessible version is also available.

Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
Comprehensive coverage of information on "new biological bases, research tools, and implications of brain and gene research as it relates to psychology."

Handbook of Social Psychology [Rutgers Restricted]
A "standard reference work in the field, offering historic, integrative, and pene­trating surveys of the topics that constitute the discipline." Electronic version of the 5th edition of the print resource.

Hormones, Brain, and Behavior [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "a broad range of topics with an extensive discussion of the effects of hormones on insects, fish, amphibians, birds, rodents, and humans." Electronic version of the 2nd edition of the print resource.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
An online version of the 26 volume set containing scholarly essays on a wide range of topics in the social and behavioral sciences.

SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
Combines and compares "terminology in nine separate social and behavioral science disciplines: communication, economics, education, geography, media studies, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology."

Sexual Violence and Abuse: an Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery [Rutgers Restricted]
An online version of the print encyclopedia covering "a wide range of topics ranging from understanding how sexual violence and abuse is defined to how it affects victims, perpetrators, and communities. The encyclopedia also includes information on how to become involved as well as further references (books and articles) and websites for additional information."

21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook [Rutgers Restricted]
Offers full coverage of major subthemes and subfields within the field of psychology, including social, developmental, cognitive, biological, clinical, and methodology. Electronic version of the print resource.