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The World of Abnormal Psychology

A look at psychological disorders and their impact on behavior.

A video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 13 one-hour video programs and coordinated books.

See how people with diagnosed psychological disorders actually behave. Case studies, enriched with commentary from experts, help demystify the biological, psychological, and environmental causes of dysfunctional behavior. The series explores current theory and practice in the treatment of the mentally ill, covering the multiple approaches that prevail in the field today. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.


Video Rating Guide
July 1992

“Four Stars.”

“These episodes flow smoothly with a good mix of interview and background video on the highlighted patients with mood disorders. Graphics help to illustrate the sections of the brain being discussed…”

Library Journal
July 1992

“…mental health jargon is limited, and the use of real people who are facing the reality of mental illness serves to heighten viewer interest. Modules do not propagandize specific theories in causal factors or treatment modalities but promote a more eclectic view and approach to dealing with these disorders. Recommended.”


Chicago International Film Festival
1992 Gold Plaque Award for “Organic Mental Disorders”

Houston International Film Festival “Worldfest Houston”
1992 Gold Award for “An Ounce of Prevention”

National Mental Health Media Awards
1993 Gold Award and the Greta Baker Broadcast Media Award for “An Ounce of Prevention”

Society for Technical Communication (STC) International Technical Video Competition
1992 Award of Merit for “The Nature of Stress”

About the Producers and Advisors


Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc.Toby Levine Communications, Inc.

Megan Cogswell

Kevin Dawkins

Marsha Zeesman

Course Development Team:

Alvin H. Perlmutter
Co-Project Director
Executive ProducerToby H. Levine
Co-Project Director
Telecourse Director

Edward S. Katkin, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor

Christopher Lukas
Senior Producer

Lisa Zbar
Supervising Producer

Gail Evra, Ph.D.

Patrick J. Gallagher
Publications Coordinator

Advisory Board:

Edward S. Katkin, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor
State University of New York at Stony BrookJames N. Butcher, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Robert C. Carson, Ph.D.
Duke University

Paul Fiedler, J.D.
Wayne State University

Jinny Goldstein
Public Broadcasting Service

Bernard W. Harleston, Ph.D.
City College of the City University of New York

Lewis Judd, M.D.
University of California, San Diego

Zaven S. Khachaturian, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging

Muriel D. Lezak, Ph.D.
Oregon Health Sciences University

Joe L. Martinez, Jr., Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Bonnie L. Rogers
Menifee Valley Community College

Judith Rosenberger, C.S.W., Ph.D.
Hunter College

Janet Spence, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin

Herbert Weingartner, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging