Health Psychology / Edition 2

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Now in its second edition, Health Psychology is substantially revised and updated to offer the greatest coverage of this rapidly expanding discipline.

  • Updated edition which provides students with a critical, thought-provoking and comprehensive introduction to the discipline
  • Clearly and critically outlines the major areas of theory and research
  • Chapters written by world-leading health psychologists
  • Includes end-of-chapter discussion points and an extensive glossary of terms
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is another in the excellent series of textbooks produced by Blackwell and deals in this case with a relatively new field that studies psychological processes in health, illness and healthcare." (Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405194600
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David French is Professor of Health Psychology in the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions at Coventry University. He is currently an Associate Editor for both Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology, and is on the editorial board of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Kavita Vedhara is Professor of Health Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham. She is currently the Co-editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology, Research Sub-Committee Chair for the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology, and is on the Editorial Board of Health Psychology.

Ad A. Kaptein is Professor of Medical Psychology at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), The Netherlands. His research focuses on patients with chronic illness. He was Editor-in-Chief of Psychology & Health (1992-2000), and President of the European Health Psychology Society (2000-2002).

John Weinman is Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. He was founding Editor of Psychology & Health and is currently an Associate Editor for Chronic Illness and for the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, as well as being on the Editorial Board of both Health Psychology and Health Psychology Review.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

1 Health Psychology: Introduction to Second Edition (David P. French, Kavita Vedhara, Ad A. Kaptein and John Weinman).

PART I Health-Related Behaviour.

2 The Role of Behaviour in Health (Andrew Steptoe, Benjamin Gardner and Jane Wardle).

3 Smoking (Lion Shahab and Robert West).

4 Physical Activity (Stuart J.H. Biddle).

5 Eating Behaviour (Jane Ogden).

6 Alcohol and Drug Use (Richard Hammersley).

7 Sexual Health and Behaviour (Jeffrey T. Parsons and Brooke E. Wells).

PART II Theoretical Approaches to Health Behaviour Change.

8 Interventions to Change Health-Related Behaviour Patterns (Charles Abraham).

9 The Impact of Perceived Risk on Risk-Reducing Behaviours (Alison J. Wright).

10 Using Social Cognition Models to Develop Health Behaviour Interventions: The Theory of Planned Behaviour as an Example (Stephen Sutton).

11 Stage Models of Behaviour Change (Falko F. Sniehotta and Robert Aunger).

PART III Cognition, Emotion, Behaviour and Health Care.

12 Illness-Related Cognition and Behaviour (Linda D. Cameron and Rona Moss-Morris).

13 Symptom Perception and Help Seeking (Suzanne E. Scott).

14 Adherence to Advice and Treatment (Rob Horne and Jane Clatworthy).

15 Health-Care Professional Behaviour: Enhancing Evidence-Based Health Care (Jill Francis and Marie Johnston).

16 Psychological Interventions in Chronic Illness (Alison J. Wearden and Chris Bundy).

17 Screening and Prevention (Kate Brain).

18 Hospitalisation and Stressful Medical Procedures (Kim G. Smolderen and Ad Vingerhoets).

PART IV Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness.

19 Stress, Health and Illness: The Effects of Prolonged Physiological Activity and Perseverative Cognition (Julian F. Thayer and Jos F. Brosschot).

20 Psychoneuroimmunology (Elizabeth Broadbent and Patricia Loft).

21 Coping with Stress (Joshua M. Smyth and Kelly B. Filipkowski).

22 Social Support (Ralf Schwarzer and Nina Knoll).

23 Personality, Health and Illness (Deborah J. Wiebe, Linda M. Drew and Andrea Croom).

24 Pain (H. Clare Daniel and Amanda C. Williams).

25 Disability (Diane Dixon and Marie Johnston).

26 Quality of Life (Hannah McGee and Lena Ring).

PART V Lifespan, Gender and Sociocultural Perspectives.

27 Sociocultural Aspects of Health and Illness (Ayse K. Uskul).

28 Gender, Health and Illness (Myra S. Hunter and Magdalene Rosairo).

29 Developmental and Family Factors (Emily Arden-Close and Christine Eiser).

30 Ageing, Health and Illness (Frank Penedo, Madeline Hernandez and Jason Dahn).

31 Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Sue Hall and Sheila Payne).


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