Complementary Medicine and Health Psychology / Edition 1

Complementary Medicine and Health Psychology / Edition 1

by Anna van Wersch, Mark Forshaw, Tina Cartwright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0335220118

ISBN-13: 9780335220113

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

This unique book is the first to bring together the world of health psychology with that of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The authors draw on their wealth of experience as health psychologists to explore the relationship between health psychology and CAM and look at how an understanding of one can be used to inform the other.

Through an

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This unique book is the first to bring together the world of health psychology with that of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The authors draw on their wealth of experience as health psychologists to explore the relationship between health psychology and CAM and look at how an understanding of one can be used to inform the other.

Through an open-minded but rigorous approach to CAM, the authors identify where psychology can help to answer some crucial questions, such as why CAM sometimes appears to work, why sometimes it does not, and why some people are drawn to it and others not.

Key topics covered include:

  • models of the person
  • health beliefs and experimental psychology
  • placebo
  • research methods in CAM
  • stress, coping and stress management
  • pain and chronic illness
  • communications and interactions between client and therapist

    While CAM has often been dismissed out of hand by scientists, the authors maintain that it deserves attention as a psychological phenomenon alone, regardless of the actual efficacy as understood by existing research.

    This book's insightful observations on contemporary meanings of health and illness and the future of CAM and health psychology make it important reading for all psychologists and health professionals.

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  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780335220113
    Publisher:
    McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
    Publication date:
    09/01/2009
    Pages:
    184
    Product dimensions:
    5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

    Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Complementary medicine in context
    Beliefs and explanations: Experimental and non-experimental psychology
    Research and research methods in complementary and alternative medicine
    Stress, appraisal, coping, moderators and stress management
    Managing chronic illness
    Conclusion

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