Handbook of Diversity Issues in Health Psychology / Edition 1

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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).

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Describes the impact age, gender, and ethnicity have on physical and mental health, demonstrating that customized interventions sensitive to these issues promote better health. Sections begin with a general overview defining relevant terms, and consider the health problems faced by people of one particular group or multiple groups. For students and researchers in health psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology, as well as nurses and public health workers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'[This book] makes a strong case for the need for more systematic research that investigates possible differences in health between and within groups along the dimensions of age, gender, social class, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation....a significant contribution.'
From the Foreword by Hector F. Myers, University of California, Los Angeles

'An important work for medical students and upper-division undergraduates and graduate nursing students as well as faculty and professionals.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306453250
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/30/1996
  • Series: The Plenum Series in Culture and Health
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Diversity Issues in Health Psychology 3
Ch. 2 Fear of Heterogeneity in the Study of Human Populations and the Statistical Artifacts It Produces 19
Ch. 3 Issues of Age and Health 39
Ch. 4 Touch Therapies across the Life Span 49
Ch. 5 The Context of Development for Young Children from Cocaine-Abusing Families 69
Ch. 6 The Problem of Pediatric Pain 97
Ch. 7 Healthy Adolescent Development: Risks and Opportunities 117
Ch. 8 Reversing Disability in Old Age 141
Ch. 9 Functional Impairment, Physical Disease, and Depression in Older Adults 161
Ch. 10 Why Do We Need a Health Psychology of Gender or Sexual Orientation? 187
Ch. 11 Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women: Issues for Prevention and Women's Health 199
Ch. 12 Masculine Gender Role Stress: A Perspective on Men's Health 219
Ch. 13 Psychotherapy with HIV-Infected Gay Men 237
Ch. 14 Homophobia and the Health Psychology of Lesbians 261
Ch. 15 On Nothing and Everything: The Relationship between Ethnicity and Health 287
Ch. 16 African-American Health over the Life Course: A Multidimensional Framework 301
Ch. 17 Designing Health Promotion Programs for Latinos 319
Ch. 18 Health Care Issues among Asian Americans: Implications of Somatization 347
Ch. 19 Behavioral Approaches to Illness Prevention for Native Americans 367
Ch. 20 A Biological, Environmental, and Cultural Basis for Ethnic Differences in Treatment 389
Ch. 21 Socioeconomic Status and the Health of Racial Minority Populations 407
Index 425
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