The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology

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The health effects of psychosocial factors are a widely discussed and controversial topic. Do positive and negative emotions affect our risk of developing physical disease? Are depressive individuals more likely to have cancer than those with an optimistic outlook on life? And what is the role of IQ in staying healthy and recovering from disease? Importantly, can we improve our health and life expectancy by avoiding psychosocial risk factors and maximizing positive psychological wellbeing? These and other questions are the focus of psychosocial epidemiology, a discipline linking psychological, social and biological sciences. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology is the first book to map this growing discipline. Including contributions from many of the leading researchers in the field, it is split into five sections: Part I: Methodological challenges in studying psychosocial factors and health; Part II: Psychosocial factors in the etiology and prognosis of chronic diseases; Part III: Controversies in the psychosocial approach; Part IV: Interventions and policy implications Part V: Future research directions Taking advantage of a huge growth in research in recent years, the book provides the reader with the essentials to evaluate the diverse set of studies on psychosocial factors and health that are published today, and describes study designs in this field of research, progress in judging the validity of epidemiological evidence, as well as challenges in translating evidence into action. This is an important and timely book. Providing methodological rigour, critical analysis and the policy implications of this emerging field of study, The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers within both behavioural and medical sciences, as well as policy makers and others working in health and social more

Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 71 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138942545
  • 9781138942547

About Mika Kivimaki

Mika Kivimaki is Chair of Social Epidemiology the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, UK, Director of the UK Whitehall II cohort study, Research Professor in Clinicum, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Principal Investigator of the IPD-Work Cohort Consortium. David Batty is a Reader in Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at University College London, an Honorary Professor of Epidemiology in the MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow. Andrew Steptoe is Head of the Department of Behavioural Science and Health in the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London, UK, and Principal Investigator of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Ichiro Kawachi is John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, and Chair of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA.ãshow more

Table of contents

Foreword Professor Lisa Bergman ã Part I: Concepts and Methods in the Study of Psychosocial Factors and Health Chapter 1 Psychosocial Epidemiology: Concepts and Methods Mika Kivimaki, G. David Batty, Andrew Steptoe, Ichiro Kawachi Chapter 2 Causal Inference in Psychosocial Epidemiology M. Maria Glymour, Laura D. Kubzansky ã Part II: Psychosocial Factors Linked to Health Chapter 3 Social Networks Yongjoo Kim, Ichiro Kawachi Chapter 4 Workplace Stressors Mika Kivimaki, Jane E. Ferrie, Ichiro Kawachi Chapter 5 Religious Communities Tyler J. VanderWeele Chapter 6 Depression and Negative Emotions Andrew Steptoe Chapter 7 Positive Psychological Wellbeing Julie K. Boehm, Eric S. Kim, Laura D. Kubzansky Chapter 8 Personality, Intelligence and Genes Michelle Luciano, Alexander Weiss, Catharine Gale, Ian J. Deary Chapter 9 Gender Differences in the Health Effects of Psychosocial Factors Anne McMunn et al ã Part III: Psychosocial Factors in the Etiology and Prognosis of Specific Diseases and Disorders Chapter 10 Type 2 Diabetes Frans Pouwer, Briana Mezuk, Adam Tabak Chapter 11 Cardiovascular Diseases Mika Kivimaki Chapter 12 Cancer Katriina Heikkila, Markus Jokela Chapter 13 Infectious Disease Allison E. Aiello, Amanda M. Simanek, Rebecca C. Stebbins, Jennifer B. Dowd Chapter 14 Suicide G. David Batty, Mika Kivimaki, Steven Bell, Catherine Gale, Martin J. Shipley, Elise Whitley, David Gunnell Chapter 15 Mood Disorders and Cognitive Impairment Klaus P. Ebmeier, Charlotte Allen, Anya Topiwala, Eniko Zoldos Chapter 16 Sleep Disorders Torbjorn Akerstedt ã Part IV: Interventions and Policy Implications Chapter 17 Behavioral and Psychological Interventions for the Management of Cardiac Patients Alan Rozanski Chapter 18 Targeting Psychosocial Factors to Reduce Health Inequalities Angela Donkin, Michael G. Marmot ã Part V: Future Research Directions Chapter 19 Current State of Psychosocial Epidemiology: Where Are We? What Are the Next Steps? Mika Kivimaki, Andrew Steptoe, G. David Batty, Ichiro Kawachishow more