1st Edition

Compulsive Buying Clinical Foundations and Treatment

Edited By Astrid Müller, James E. Mitchell Copyright 2011
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rooted in research and clinical practice, Compulsive Buying examines the drive that compels people to compulsively purchase and hoard their acquisitions. The authors and contributors cover the entire scope of this behavior and discuss what clinicians need to know in order to better understand and treat their clients. Among the key subjects examined are case reports, correct diagnosis, assessment and instruments, comorbidity, treatment, research, and directions for future research. The book ends with a useful guide for therapists, which includes data and research; and a treatment manual, which includes questionnaires and exercises for clinician and client alike.

    Part I: Clinical Foundations

    Chapter 1: Case Reports, Peterson, Ertlet, Muller, Benson

    Chapter 2: Normal Buying Behavior and the Psychology of Acquisition, Raab

    Chapter 3: Diagnosis and Epidemiology, Faber

    Chapter 4: Assessment and Instruments, Black

    Chapter 5: Psychiatric Comorbidity, de Zwaan

    Chapter 6: Compulsive Buying and Hoarding, Muller, Frost

    Chapter 7: Etiology, Ertelt, Marino, Muller

    Chapter 8: Treatment and Treatment Research, Mitchell, Steffan

    Chapter 9: Directions for Future Research, Muller, Mitchell

    Part II: Treatment

    Therapist’s Guide, Mitchell

    Treatment Manual, Mitchell


    Astrid Muller, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy in Germany.

    James E. Mitchell, MD, is a professor, Chair of Clinical Neuroscience, and President of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute at the University of North Dakota, USA.

    "Astrid Muller and James Mitchell have edited a new and highly interesting book on this debilitating condition, providing useful information to clinicians. This book presents good information on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of compulsive buying. This book, which keeps both a medical and a psychological point of view, will be useful to mental health professionals who work with patients with compulsive buying and who want to improve their ability to recognize and treat this condition with standardized protocols." - Michel Lejoyeux, MD, PhD, Department of Psychitary and Addictive Medicine, Bichat Hospital and Paris 7 University, in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    "This book sheds light on the importance of the ways in which CB [Compulsive Buying] maintains distressing behaviours. As there have not been enough studies done on this topic, this book usefully pulls all the information into one." - Heather Brobbey, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, in Journal of Mental Health