Control and the Psychology of Health: Theory, Measurement and Applications / Edition 1

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Overview

This text presents a comprehensive review of theories and concepts that are central to our understanding of the psychology of health, including perceived control, locus of control, learned helplessness, self-efficacy and social support. The origin and theoretical development of each concept are explored, and the links between them analysed. Their current status as variables in health-related research is examined and examples of their applications in a variety of health care contexts are given, along with an overview of tools of measurement. The final chapters bring these concepts together within a single theoretical framework, which explains the potential interaction of personal control and social support in promoting and sustaining psychological well-being. For student courses, this book will enhance the understanding of control theory and its relevance to health behaviour change and health care interventions. In addition, it will aid conceptual clarity and measurement for those wishing to design research based on the concept of control.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335202645
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/19/2001
  • Series: Health Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Summary of control concepts 1
2 Perceived or personal control 8
3 Locus of control 42
4 Self-efficacy 74
5 Learned helplessness 96
6 Social support 121
7 Emotional states 151
8 A unifying theory of control 174
References 199
Index 243
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