Health Psychology

Health Psychology : An Introduction

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An Introduction to Health Psychology presents theory through an appreciation of how society and culture impact in practice. It focuses on three broad themes:Health, health behaviour and staying healthy Becoming ill and using healthcare Being ill and the impact on the individual and their families.The book covers all mainstream health psychology topics and also provides coverage of crucial contemporary issues such as cross-cultural dimensions of health and illness. Chapters are structured logically and explanation delivered with real clarity.This is the book that will engage and teach students in an entirely new more

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  • Paperback | 648 pages
  • 194 x 264 x 26mm | 1,202.03g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • 0130994081
  • 9780130994080
  • 633,292

Table of contents

Part 1 - Being and Staying Healthy 1. What is health?2. Health inequalities3. Health risk behaviour4. Health enhancing behaviour5. Models of health behaviour6. Reducing risk for disease - individual approaches7. Population approaches to public healthPart 2 - Becoming Ill8. The body in health and illness9. Symptom perception, interpretation and response10. The consultation and beyond11. Stress, health and illness: theory12. Stress and illness moderators13. Managing stressPart 3 - Being Ill14. The impact of illness on quality of life15. The impact of illness on patients and ther families16. Pain17. Improving health and quality of lifePart 4 - Futures18. Futuresshow more

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  this is one of the best Health Psychology texts I have read in a while Anne Whyte, Liverpool John Moores University  Health psychology examines the determinants of health, illness and sick-role behaviours, in an attempt to inform interventions designed to modify such behaviours where required. The Morrison book provides information on all the aspects of health psychology, whereas information about applying knowledge to intervention design is lacking from the [competitor] book. [On relating health psychology to real life] I think the Morrison book is better on this aspect  the main reason why I prefer the Morrison book... Morrison includes a chapter on health inequalities and chapters on putting health psychology into practice. These topics are not covered in much detail in the [competitor] book. Martin Dempster, Queens University Belfast.  I particularly like the inclusion of chapters dealing with health inequalities and population approaches to public health as specific areas of relevance to Health Psychologists. These areas are frequently subsumed within other topics in Health Psychology texts and, therefore, sometimes do not receive the attention they deserve.  The text is one of the best I have read in terms of placing theory clearly within society and highlighting the role of culture in health. I fully expect it to encourage students to put research into practice, either on a personal level (by providing detailed information on changing individual health behaviours), or on a professional level by encouraging students to study Health Psychology at Masters level.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, particularly because it has been written from a UK perspective while maintaining and international examination of the research literature. The continuity of themes across chapters and sections will lead students through what can be very complex conceptual models thereby enhancing their learning experience. The use of definitions, diagrams and some very amusing illustrations provides additional depth to the text. The content and tone of the book is ideal for undergraduate students and would provide a great introduction to the topic for those considering studying Health Psychology at postgraduate level. When published I will certainly be recommending it to my students. Anne Whyte, Liverpool John Moores University  In its consideration of the social context and its coverage of practical issues facing health psychologists, I think this book clearly has the edge over competing UK texts  This book is also highly topical and provides a good theoretical basis as well as excellent consideration of practical applied issues. Fiona Jones, University of Leedsshow more

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