Social Psychology of Health: Key Readings / Edition 1

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This volume provides classic and contemporary theory and research in social psychology that sheds light on how people think about health and illness as well as their willingness to engage in health-relevant behaviors. People can react to new health information in different ways - with acceptance, defensiveness, or downright ignorance - and this volume turns to research that can help us to understand these varied reactions.

Several sections of the volume consider the utility of classic social psychological theories and perspectives in understanding behavior relevant to health and illness. These include social influence, social comparison, pluralistic ignorance, social support, cognitive dissonance, message framing, and fear communication. A final section concludes with articles considering the broader social environment - including race, gender, and class - and its role in health and illness.

The volume also contains an introductory chapter by the editors providing a history of personality and social psychology's interest in health and illness. Together with overviews for each section, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading, the volume is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on health psychology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841690162
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/24/2003
  • Series: Key Readings in Social Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Social Psychology of Health: Key Readings in Social Psychology: An Overview 1
Common-Sense Models of Illness: The Example of Hypertension 9
A Longitudinal Study of the Reciprocal Nature of Risk Behaviors and Cognitions in Adolescents: What You Do Shapes What You Think, and Vice Versa 21
Testing Four Competing Theories of Health-Protective Behavior 33
Stage Theories of Health Behavior: Conceptual and Methodological Issues 50
In Search of How People Change: Applications to Addictive Behaviors 63
Reasoned Action and Social Reaction: Willingness and Intention as Independent Predictors of Health Risk 78
Understanding the Impact of Risk Factor Test Results: Insights From a Basic Research Program 98
Defensive Processing of Personally Relevant Health Messages 118
Alcohol Myopia and Condom Use: Can Alcohol Intoxication Be Associated With More Prudent Behavior? 130
Social Comparison in Adjustment to Breast Cancer 151
Predicting Young Adults' Health Risk Behavior 166
Pluralistic Ignorance and Alcohol Use on Campus: Some Consequences of Misperceiving the Social Norm 183
Social Comparison and Affiliation Under Threat: Effects on Recovery From Major Surgery 199
Social Relationships and Health 218
Psychosocial Models of the Role of Social Support in the Etiology of Physical Disease 227
Experimental Evidence for Stages of Health Behavior Change: The Precaution Adoption Process Model Applied to Home Radon Testing 249
Attributions of Responsibility and Persuasion: Increasing Mammography Utilization Among Women Over 40 With an Internally Oriented Message 261
Inducing Hypocrisy as a Means of Encouraging Young Adults to Use Condoms 272
The Systematic Influence of Gain- and Loss-Framed Messages on Interest in and Use of Different Types of Health Behavior 286
The "Disease-Prone Personality": A Meta-Analytic View of the Construct 305
Hostility and Health: Current Status of a Psychosomatic Hypothesis 325
Dispositonal Optimism and Recovery From Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: The Beneficial Effect on Physical and Psychological Well-Being 342
Writing About Emotional Experiences as a Therapeutic Process 362
App How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology 369
Author Index 379
Subject Index 389
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