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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.