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Constructivist theories of psychology examine the ways in which people create meaningful understandings of the world and use these understandings to guide themselves through life. With their emphasis on the psychological process of human meaning making, constructivist approaches are garnering a great deal of attention within psychology. This volume marks an effort by prominent constructivist scholars both to overview varieties of constructivism and to examine the implications of constructivism for psychological research, theory, and practice. Among the constructivist approaches compared, contrasted, and integrated throughout the book's fifteen chapters are personal construct psychology, radical constructivism, and social constructionism. Specific topics include sexual abuse, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, human science research, and applied psychology. The contributions contained herein highlight current thinking and new directions on the burgeoning constructivist landscape.