What is Health Psychology? How does the relationship between an individual and the society around them affect their health? Foundations of Health Psychology provides a critical and up-to-date examination of the field of health psychology, examining the key ideas behind this emerging discipline and its subsequent development.
What is Health Psychology? Do states of mind influence health? How do people cope with illness and poor health? How does the relationship between an individual and the society around them affect their health? Foundations of Health Psychology provides a critical and up-to-date examination of the field of health psychology, examining the key ideas behind this emerging discipline and its subsequent development. Posing fundamental questions about the relationship between psychology and the wider cultural and social forces which shape theory and practice, the text encourages and develops critical thinking.
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RON ROBERTS is a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. His principal research interests include social inequalities in health and quality of life, and he has published over fifty articles.
ANTHONY TOWELL is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Leader for MSc Health Psychology at the University of Westminster, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Hospital for Sick children, Great Ormond Street, London.
JOHN F GOLDING is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster and Visiting Researcher at the Medical Research Council Human Movement and Balance Unit, London.
Table of Contents
Preface.- PART ONE: HISTORY, CONCEPTS AND METHODS.- Historical and Conceptual Basis of Health Psychology.- Assessing Health and Quality of Life.- Doing Research: Questions and Methods.- PART TWO: PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF HEALTH.- Biomedical Science and Health Psychology.- Mental Health.- Psychoneuroimmunology.- PART THREE: HEALTH AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE.- Modelling Change in Health Behaviour.- Exercise, Health and Eating.- Alcohol Use and Abuse.- Smoking.- HIV Infection and Sexual Behaviour.- Health Promotion and Behaviour Change.- PART FOUR: SOCIETY AND HEALTH.- Social Class and Health.- Gender and Health.- Disability, Health and Illness.- Ethnicity, Culture and Health.- Social Relationships.- Doctors and Patients.- PART FIVE: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESS.- Cancer.- Diabetes.- Psychological Factors in Degenerative Neurological Disease.- Issues in Palliative Care.- PART SIX: DECONSTRUCTING HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY.- The Future of Health Psychology.- References.- Glossary.- Subject Index.
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