The Psychology of Health, Illness and Medical Care: An Individual Perspective by M. Robin DiMatteo
Blending social, behavioural, cognitive, emotional, and biological bases, DiMatteo offers a perspective that focuses on individuals: what they think, how they feel, what they do, and why. She examines the many ways in which an individual's psychology influences his or her responses to illness and to the possibility of avoiding illness through health promoting practices. Highlighting individual, intrapsychic, and privately interpersonal aspects of health psychology, DiMatteo portrays the achievement and maintenance of health, coping with illness, and attempts to seek and negotiate medical care as both determinants and expressions of the individual's deepest vision of self. This book should be of interest to students of psychology, medicine, occupational therapy and nurses.