Health and Human Behavior / Edition 1

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HEALTH AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR is a survey text which takes a broad approach to the study of the science that connects behavior to health and health to behavior. Taking an epidemiological approach to the field,the text goes beyond the study of psychological processes in the individual such as stress and coping or personality factors to examine the interrelationship between health and human behavior from a variety of perspectives. Written by three leading scholars in the field. HEATH AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR has twenty chapters divided into four sections: Methods and Issues; Stress and Coping; Chronic Illnesses; Health Behavior and Health Promotion. The text provides up-to-date discussions of such current issues as the health care system,problems in compliance with medical recommendations,and social support and its relationship to illness. The major chronic illnesses (cancer,diabetes,cardiovascular disease,and AIDS) are covered in depth,and the role of human behavior in all aspects of these diseases is discussed in detail. "Focus on Women" boxes provide timely information about women's health issues in many chapters,and material covered in the "Focus on Minorities" boxes provides coverage of the health issues unique to our ethnically diverse society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070335660
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Methods and Issues
1 Introduction 3
2 Behavioral Epidemiology 20
3 Understanding and Changing Health Behaviors 39
4 The Health Care System 71
5 Compliance with Medical Regimens 87
Sect. 2 Life Stress
6 Stress and Coping 102
7 Social Support 132
Sect. 3 Chronic Illnesses
8 Pain and Arthritis 159
9 Diabetes 183
10 Cardiovascular Diseases 206
11 Cancer 243
12 The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 265
13 Injury, Violence, and Substance Abuse 291
Sect. 4 Health Behavior and Health Promotion
14 Dietary Risk Factors and Interventions 323
15 Physical Activity 349
16 Smoking 370
17 Obesity 396
18 Person Factors: Personality and Demographic Influences on Health 416
19 Community Interventions 437
Sect. 5 Summary
20 For Those Interested in More Information about the Field of Health Psychology 461
Bibliography 481
Name Index 533
Subject Index 548
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