For over 20 years, Brannon and Feist's HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH has remained a leader in the field of health psychology for its scholarship, strong and current research base, and balanced coverage of the cognitive, behavioral, and biological approaches to health psychology. Accessible and appealing to a wide-ranging student audience--including non-majors--this reader-friendly text has enjoyed enduring success. Instructors and students alike will appreciate the concise writing style and visual program in this classic approach to the teaching and learning of health psychology. Now extensively updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, the new Seventh Edition features a stronger emphasis on diversity, additional information on complementary and alternative medicine, coverage of the latest research and cutting-edge technology, and new real-world examples selected for their interest and relevance to today's students.
This text covers a variety of subjects in the field of health psychology, such as stress, pain, coping, behavior and chronic disease, and preventing injuries and disease through behavioral modification. Each chapter begins with the basic questions the material will try to address and a case study that applies to these issues, and ends with summarized answers, a glossary, and suggested readings. Brannon and Feist, both of McNeese State University, address a number of controversial subjects, and encourage their readers to view the research critically. Scattered throughout the material are tips about how to check your health risks and how to become healthier, making this book both an academic text as well as a practical guide to health. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Linda Brannon received her Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Brannon and co-author Jess Feist are both professors in the department of Psychology at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where they have been teaching since receiving their doctorates. After becoming interested in the emerging field of health psychology, Brannon and Feist co-authored the first edition of this text in the 1980s, and they have enjoyed expanding and developing their text along with the field for more than two decades. In addition to her work in health psychology, Dr. Brannon has authored a text on gender and is co-author of an introductory psychology text.
Part I: FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. 1. Introducing Health Psychology. 2. Conducting Health Research. 3. Seeking Health Care. 4. Adhering to Medical Advice. Part II: STRESS, PAIN, AND COPING. 5. Defining, Measuring, and Managing Stress. 6. Understanding Stress and Disease. 7. Understanding and Managing Pain. 8. Considering Alternative Approaches. Part III: BEHAVIOR AND CHRONIC DISEASE. 9. Behavioral Factors in Cardiovascular Disease. 10. Behavioral Factors in Cancer. 11. Living With Chronic Illness. Part IV: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. 12. Smoking Tobacco. 13. Using Alcohol and Other Drugs. 14. Eating and Weight. 15. Exercising. Part V: LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE. 16. Future Challenges. Glossary. References. Name Index. Subject Index.