Disgust and Its Disorders

Disgust and its Disorders


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Publisher: American Psychological Association
Edited by Bunmi O. Olatunji, PhD, and Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP
Pages: 324
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0397-0
Copyright: 2009


In recent years there has been a surge of research on disgust and its relation to phobic avoidance. This comprehensive volume provides the first, most extensive, up-to-date compilation of information available on this basic emotion.

Disgust and Its Disorders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment Implications thoughtfully examines the role of disgust in psychopathology by highlighting important theoretical and methodological developments and discussing recent research on behavioral patterns that can be provoked by disgust. Contributors demonstrate that disgust plays an important role in a wide range of psychopathology, including sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, animal phobias, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. Disgust is shown to be a multi-dimensional construct that centers on the unifying theme of potential contamination of the body, soul, and broad social order.

Editors Olatunji and McKay thoroughly review the available research on disgust and shed light on how its interpretation will in turn facilitate the development of better treatment.