Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice / Edition 3

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Overview

The third edition of this best-selling textbook has been thoroughly updated and revised to make it even more essential for course teaching. Retaining the celebrated approach of previous editions in examining critical perspectives in health psychology, this new edition now incorporates research from a fuller range of perspectives including more ‘mainstream’ health psychology. Therefore this textbook provides students with a broader, more rounded understanding of the field.

Key features of the third edition include four brand new chapters in the book on Theories, Models and Interventions Aplied to Sexual Helth; Information and Communication; Health Literacy; Community and Alternative Approaches, extensive pedagogical features, including chapter outlines and summaries of key ideas, and guidelines for further research. Boxed case studies, tables and figures and cutting edge research are integrated throughout to aid students' understanding of this fascinating field; a new accompanying companion website with a full suite of lecturer materials and online readings for students.

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Editorial Reviews

Leslie Swartz
This book has become a classic in the field - sophisticated, accessible and interesting. It is of great use to students, teachers and practitioners of Health Psychology world wide.
Stevan E. Hobfoll
This is a remarkable book. It is exceptionally complete, thoughtful, and deep. It avoids the superficial accounting of many texts and does not shy away from controversy. It is fully rooted in today’s science of health psychology.
Cheryl L. Holt
A very nice introductory text that takes a biopsychosocial approach to health and illness, and recognizes the importance of culture, health literacy, and issues such as racism and health inequities/disparities that continue to impact disadvantaged communities.
Hope Landrine
Like other textbooks, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of health psychology. Unlike other books however, this one takes a holistic-systems approach to health, and uses the novel concept of the Health Onion to do so: The myriad determinants of health are presented as different layers – biological, familial, behavioral, neighborhood, social and cultural – that must be scientifically-examined and peeled away to understand health. Consequently, the book contains many valuable chapters that other textbooks lack, including chapters on macro-level influences (Chapter 2), social justice and social inequality (Chapter 3), and cultural factors (Chapter 4). Moreover, the examples provided to illustrate each layer of the influences on health are global ones, and include health and its psychology in Europe, the USA, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. This unique approach helps students understand that the health of individuals is a part and product of the family, social-network, neighborhood, and society in which they are embedded. Hence, this revised edition provides an excellent overview of health and of the science of health psychology in their local and larger contexts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848606210
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID F. MARKS served as Head of the School of Psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic, and as Head of the Department of Psychology at City University, London, UK. Previously David held positions at the University of Sheffield, UK, and at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His other books include The Psychology of the Psychic (1980, with R. Kammann), Theories of Image Formation (1986), Imagery: Current Developments (1990, with J.T.E. Richardson and P. Hampson), The Quit For Life Programme: An Easier Way to Stop Smoking and Not Start Again (1993), Improving the Health of the Nation (1996, with C. Francome), Dealing With Dementia: Recent European Research (2000, with C.M. Sykes), The Psychology of the Psychic (Revised Edition) (2000), The Health Psychology Reader (2002), Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology (2004, with L. Yardley), and Overcoming Your Smoking Habit (2005). David is the Editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and Health Psychology Open.

MICHAEL MURRAY is Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, UK. Previously he was Professor of Social and Health Psychology in the Division of Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Michael held positions at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London, UK and at the University of Ulster, Ireland. His previous books include Smoking Among Young Adults (1988, with L. Jarrett, A.V. Swan and R. Rumen) and Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (1999, with K. Chamberlain). Michael is Associate Editor of Psychology & Health and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Health Psychology, Health Psychology Review, Health Psychology & Medicine and Arts & Health. His current research interests include the use of participatory and arts-based methods to promote social engagement among older people.

BRIAN EVANS is a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University, UK, having previously served there as programme leader of the MSc degree in Health Psychology. Brian has also held positions at City University and the University of Sussex, UK, and at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He is interested in the analysis of psychological research and theory in its socio-political context and his previous publications include IQ and Mental Testing: An Unnatural Science and Its Social History (1981, with B. Waites). Brian is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Health Psychology.

EMEE VIDA ESTACIO is a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology (magna cum laude) at the University of the Philippines and her MSc and Ph D in health psychology at City University London. Emee specializes in health promotion and community development and has facilitated action research projects in some of the most deprived areas in the UK and in the Philippines. As a scholar activist, she became actively involved in supporting activities for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research, CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK. Emee is a steering group member of Health Literacy UK and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Psychology, Health Psychology Open, Community, Work and Family, and the Philippine Journal of Psychology.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY IN CONTEXT Health Psychology: An Introduction The Macro-social Environment and Health Social Inequalities, Social Justice and Health Culture and Health A-Z of Research Methods in Health Psychology PART TWO: HEALTH BEHAVIOUR AND EXPERIENCE Theories, Models and Interventions Applied to Sexual Health Food, Eating and the Environment Alcohol and Drinking Tobacco and Smoking Physical Activity and Exercise PART THREE: HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION Information and Communication Stress and Coping Immunization and Screening Health Literacy Community Approaches Within Health Psychology PART FOUR: ILLNESS EXPERIENCE AND HEALTH CARE Lay Representations of Illness Illness and Personality Medicine Taking: Adherence and Resistance Pain Cancer and Chronic Diseases

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