Making Sense of Illness: The Social Psychology of Health and Disease / Edition 1

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Overview

'This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology

What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and ot

British orientation/incl. illness, the patient & society/ ideas about health & staying healthy/healing relationships.

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An introduction for students of psychology, sociology, and health studies. The author (social psychology, Loughborough U., England) reviews findings from medical sociology, health psychology, and medical anthropology to address questions such as what people's beliefs are about health, what they do when they fall ill, and how they live with chronic disease. He also provides a critical commentary on explanations of health and illness in social life and examines related issues such as stress; the relationship of patients, nurses, and doctors; and gender differences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803989092
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/16/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Radley is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. He is the author of several books, including Prospects of Heart Surgery (1988) and In Social Relationships (1991). He is also editor of Worlds of Illness (1993) and co-author of Ideological Dilemmas (1988).
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Table of Contents

Explaining Health and Illness
An Introduction
Illness, the Patient and Society
Ideas about Health and Staying Healthy
Recognizing Symptoms and Falling Ill
The Healing Relationship
Doctors, Patients and Nurses
Illness and Gender
Studying Women's Health
Chronic Illness
Stress, Illness and Social Support
Promoting Health and Preventing Disease
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