Handbook of Diversity Issues in Health Psychology / Edition 1by Pamela M. Kato, Traci Mann
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,
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).
Table of Contents
Introduction and Methodology: Introduction: Toward a Health Psychology of Special Populations; T. Mann, P. Kato. Fear of Heterogeneity in the Study of Human Populations and the Statistical Artifacts It Produces; H.C. Kraemer. Lifespan Issues in Health Psychology: Issues of Age and Health; M. Pasupathi. Touch Therapies across the Life Span; T. Field. The Context of Development for Young Children in Cocaine Abusing Families; L. Mayes, M. Bornstein. The Problem of Pediatric Pain; B. Kasson, et al. Healthy Adolescent Development: Risks and Opportunities; N. Leffert, A.C. Petersen. Reversing Disability in Old Age; B. Levy, E. Langer. Functional Impairment, Physical Disease, and Depression in Older Adults; A. Zeiss, et al. Gender and Sexual Orientation Issues in Health Psychology: Why Do We Need a Health Psychology of Gender? T. Mann. Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women: Issues for Prevention and Women's Health; M.A. Chesney, J. Nealy. Masculine Gender Role Stress: A Perspective on Men's Health; M.M. Copenhaver, R.M. Eisler. Psychotherapy with HIVinfected Gay Men; G. Grossman. Homophobia and the Health of Psychology of Lesbians; K. O'Hanlan. Issues of Ethnicity in Health Psychology: On Nothing and Everything: The Relationship between Ethnicity and Health; P.M. Kato. African-American Health over the Life Course: A Multidimensional Framework; J. Jackson, S.L. Sellers. Designing Health Promotion Programs for Latinos; F.G. Castro, et al. Health Care Issues among Asian-American: Implications of Somatization; C.A. Chun, et al. Behavioral Approaches to Illness Prevention for Native Americans; S. Schinke. A Biological, Environmental, and Cultural Basis for Ethnic Differences in Treatment; M. Smith, K.M. Lin. Socioeconomic Status and the Health or Racial Minority Populations; D.R. Williams, T. Rucker. Index.
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