Psychology and Health Promotion / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first book to set out in clear and authoritative terms of the role of psychological theory in health promotion. It adopts both structuralist and social regulation models of health and health promotion, considering the significance of psychological processes in each case. The authors examine how behavior and the social environment may contribute to health status and how psychological processes may mediate the effect of environmental conditions. They go on to consider the theory underlying interventions that are aimed at individuals and large populations, and the effectiveness of attempts to change both individual behavior and the environmental factors that may contribute to ill-health.

This highly approachable volume is structured as a textbook and includes a summary and further reading at the end of each chapter, as well as a substantial bibliography. It is designed to provide an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health psychology, clinical psychology and social psychology as well as students and practitioners in health and social welfare, including health promotion.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Courtney West, BS (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a small paperback book designed to set clear terms about the role of psychology in health promotion. It is structured as a textbook and therefore fairly easy to read and to follow.
Purpose: As the first of its kind, this book seeks to review the role that psychology can play in the promotion and maintenance of health. The book also seeks to broaden the traditional psychological approach, with its emphasis on individual differences and its consideration of environmental influences.
Audience: The authors present this work as a resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology. It is also geared towards students and practitioners in health and social welfare.
Features: The authros provide some unique features in this text. The book is structured as a textbook and includes a summary and suggested supplemental readings at the end of each chapter, as well as a comprehensive bibliography.
Assessment: This book provides a good but brief review of a rapidly growing field of study. Therefore, the authors present issues briefly instead of providing complete reviews. Overall, it is a good book that gets readers interested in reading further about some of the topics. The authors improve the value of the book by providing lists of suggested reading at the end of each chapter.
Courtney West
This is a small paperback book designed to set clear terms about the role of psychology in health promotion. It is structured as a textbook and therefore fairly easy to read and to follow. As the first of its kind, this book seeks to review the role that psychology can play in the promotion and maintenance of health. The book also seeks to broaden the traditional psychological approach, with its emphasis on individual differences and its consideration of environmental influences. The authors present this work as a resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology. It is also geared towards students and practitioners in health and social welfare. The authros provide some unique features in this text. The book is structured as a textbook and includes a summary and suggested supplemental readings at the end of each chapter, as well as a comprehensive bibliography. This book provides a good but brief review of a rapidly growing field of study. Therefore, the authors present issues briefly instead of providing complete reviews. Overall, it is a good book that gets readers interested in reading further about some of the topics. The authors improve the value of the book by providing lists of suggested reading at the end of each chapter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335197651
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' foreword
Introduction: why psychology? 1
Pt. I Mediators of health and health behaviours 5
1 Psychosocial mediators of health 7
2 Cognitive mediators of health-related behaviours 25
Pt. II Facilitating individual change 45
3 Influencing health behaviour: individual change 47
4 Individually targeted interventions 64
Pt. III Facilitating population change 79
5 Environmental and public policy approaches 81
6 Attitude and communication theories 98
7 Population based intervention 113
Pt. IV What next? 129
8 Some final considerations 131
References 148
Index 180
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