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Essential Health Psychology

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Mind-body relationships are the essence of health psychology, and Essential Health Psychology takes this relationship as its central focus in exploring and explaining the topic to students. The books presents psychological factors in health and illness causation through the concept of 'holism', which posits that health states, health behaviors and cognitions are created by the interaction of other factors or processes within the human condition.
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Overview

Mind-body relationships are the essence of health psychology, and Essential Health Psychology takes this relationship as its central focus in exploring and explaining the topic to students. The books presents psychological factors in health and illness causation through the concept of 'holism', which posits that health states, health behaviors and cognitions are created by the interaction of other factors or processes within the human condition.
This textbook assumes no prior detailed knowledge of psychology, and works through a series of topics and debates towards an understanding of human health and the psychological nature of it. A wide range of health psychology issues are covered clearly, such as pain, stress, health behaviors and communicating with patients, as well as the more unusual but salient topics of palliative care and psychometric testing in a health context. All these areas of investigation are illustrated with examples of real illness states and the psychological contributions to them, including some dental health examples, a topic largely overlooked by other health psychology texts.

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...Forshaw has done an excellent job in making health psychology interesting and non-threatening for those who have no knowledge of the subject.
Journal of Reproductive Psychology
From The Critics
Forshaw's (health and social sciences, U. of Coventry, UK) introductory-level textbook is aimed at first-year undergraduates and non-psychology majors with no prior detailed knowledge of the topic. The author presents, in beginners' terms, some basic concepts which form the essence of contemporary health psychology, including the biology of health and illness; perceptions, beliefs and cognitions; differences between people; stress and health; the appetites; communication and behavior; psychometrics; chronic illness, palliative care and death; mind and body, placebo and pain. Distributed by Oxford U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340759714
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Essential Psychology Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Forshaw is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface

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