Known for its currency and its effective treatment of research studies (both historical and contemporary), this new edition provides a sound, pragmatic understanding of the behaviors that affect health. The Fourth Edition offers a more streamlined, straightforward presentation that makes the material more accessible to students. The authors explain experimental design and critique studies and their findings by examining how the studies were conducted. Where there is controversy or a finding that creates doubt or uncertainty, Brannon and Feist clarify. In this edition, the authors offer an increased emphasis on psychological interventions, practical self-assessments, unique coverage of violence prevention, and the latest research and statistics on health psychology.
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. The Changing Field of Health. Psychology's Involvement in Health. 2. CONDUCTING HEALTH RESEARCH. Scientific Foundations of Health Psychology. Contributions of Psychology. Contributions of Epidemiology. Determining Causation. Research Tools. 3. SEEKING HEALTH CARE. Adopting Health-Related Behaviors. Seeking Medical Attention. Being in the Hospital. Preparing for Stressful Medical Procedures. 4. ADHERING TO MEDICAL ADVICE. The Importance of Adherence. Theories of Adherence. Assessing Adherence. How Frequent is Nonadherence? What Factors Predict Adherence? Problems of Adherence. PART II: STRESS, PAIN, AND COPING. 5. DEFINING AND MEASURING STRESS. The Nervous System and the Physiology of Stress. Theories of Stress. Sources of Stress. Measurement of Stress. 6. UNDERSTANDING STRESS AND DISEASE. Physiology of the Immune System. Psychoneuroimmunology. Does Stress Cause Disease? Personality Factors Affecting Stress and Illness. 7. UNDERSTANDING PAIN. Pain and the Nervous System. The Meaning of Pain. The Measurement of Pain. Preventing Pain. Physical Treatments for Pain. 8. COPING WITH STRESS AND PAIN. Personal Resources that Influence Coping. Techniques of Coping with Stress and Pain. PART III: BEHAVIOR AND CHRONIC DISEASE. 9. IDENTIFYING BEHAVIORAL FACTORS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. The Cardiovascular System. Measures of Cardiovascular Function. The Changing Rates of Cardiovascular Function. Risk Factors in Cardiovascular Disease. Modifying Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease. 10. IDENTIFYING BEHAVIORAL FACTORS IN CANCER. Cancer and Its Changing Mortality Rates. Risk Factors Beyond Personal Control.Behavioral Risk Factors for Cancer. Psychological Risk Factors for Cancer. Psychosocial Factors and Survival of Cancer Patients. 11. LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS. The Impact of Chronic Illness. Following a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Coping with Cancer. Adjusting to Diabetes. Dealing with HIV and AIDS. Living with Alzheimer's Disease. PART IV: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. 12. PREVENTING INJURIES. Unintentional Injuries. Strategies for Reducing Unintentional Injuries. Intentional Injuries. Strategies to Reduce Intentional Injuries. 13. SMOKING TOBACCO. Smoking and the Respiratory System. A Brief History of Tobacco Use. Choosing to Smoke. Health Consequences of Tobacco Use. Interventions for Reducing Smoking. Effects of Quitting. 14. USING ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS. Alcohol Consumption—Yesterday and Today. The Effects of Alcohol. Why Do People Drink? Changing Problem Drinking. Other Drugs. 15. EATING TO CONTROL WEIGHT. The Digestive System. Factors in Weight Maintenance. Overeating and Obesity. Dieting. Eating Disorders. 16. EXERCISING. Types of Physical Activity.. Reasons for Exercising. Cardiovascular Benefits of Physical Activity. Other Health Benefits of Physical Activity. Hazards of Physical Activity. How Much Is Enough but Not Too Much? Maintaining a Physical Activity Program. PART V: LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE. 17. FUTURE CHALLENGES. Healthier People. The Profession of Health Psychology. Outlook for Health Psychology. EACH CHAPTER STARTS WITH QUESTIONS AND ENDS WITH ANSWERS, GLOSSARY, AND SUGGESTED READINGS.