Handbook of Diversity Issues in Health Psychology / Edition 1

Handbook of Diversity Issues in Health Psychology / Edition 1

by Pamela M. Kato, Traci Mann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0306453258

ISBN-13: 9780306453250

Pub. Date: 09/30/1996

Publisher: Springer US

The field of health psychology has grown dramatically in the last decade, with exciting new developments in the study of how psychological and psychosocial processes contribute to risk for and disease sequelae for a variety of medical problems. In addition, the quality and effectiveness of many of our treatments, and health promotion and disease prevention efforts,

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The field of health psychology has grown dramatically in the last decade, with exciting new developments in the study of how psychological and psychosocial processes contribute to risk for and disease sequelae for a variety of medical problems. In addition, the quality and effectiveness of many of our treatments, and health promotion and disease prevention efforts, have been significantly enhanced by the contributions of health psychologists (Taylor, 1995). Unfortunately, however, much of the theo­ rizing in health psychology and the empirical research that derives from it continue to reflect the mainstream bias of psychology and medicine, both of which have a primary focus on white, heterosexual, middle-class American men. This bias pervades our thinking despite the demographic heterogeneity of American society (U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1992) and the substantial body of epidemiologic evidence that indicates significant group differences in health status, burden of morbidity and mortality, life expectancy, quality of life, and the risk and protective factors that con­ tribute to these differences in health outcomes (National Center for Health Statistics, 1994; Myers, Kagawa-Singer, Kumanyika, Lex, & M- kides, 1995). There is also substantial evidence that many of the health promotion and disease prevention efforts that have proven effective with more affluent, educated whites, on whom they were developed, may not yield comparable results when used with populations that differ by eth­ nicity, social class, gender, or sexual orientation (Cochran & Mays, 1991; Castro, Coe, Gutierres, & Saenz, this volume; Chesney & Nealey, this volume).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306453250
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
09/30/1996
Series:
The Plenum Series in Culture and Health
Edition description:
1996
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Diversity Issues in Health Psychology3
Ch. 2Fear of Heterogeneity in the Study of Human Populations and the Statistical Artifacts It Produces19
Ch. 3Issues of Age and Health39
Ch. 4Touch Therapies across the Life Span49
Ch. 5The Context of Development for Young Children from Cocaine-Abusing Families69
Ch. 6The Problem of Pediatric Pain97
Ch. 7Healthy Adolescent Development: Risks and Opportunities117
Ch. 8Reversing Disability in Old Age141
Ch. 9Functional Impairment, Physical Disease, and Depression in Older Adults161
Ch. 10Why Do We Need a Health Psychology of Gender or Sexual Orientation?187
Ch. 11Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women: Issues for Prevention and Women's Health199
Ch. 12Masculine Gender Role Stress: A Perspective on Men's Health219
Ch. 13Psychotherapy with HIV-Infected Gay Men237
Ch. 14Homophobia and the Health Psychology of Lesbians261
Ch. 15On Nothing and Everything: The Relationship between Ethnicity and Health287
Ch. 16African-American Health over the Life Course: A Multidimensional Framework301
Ch. 17Designing Health Promotion Programs for Latinos319
Ch. 18Health Care Issues among Asian Americans: Implications of Somatization347
Ch. 19Behavioral Approaches to Illness Prevention for Native Americans367
Ch. 20A Biological, Environmental, and Cultural Basis for Ethnic Differences in Treatment389
Ch. 21Socioeconomic Status and the Health of Racial Minority Populations407
Index425

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