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Health Psychology, 2nd Edition

David French (Editor), Kavita Vedhara (Editor), A. A. Kaptein (Editor), John Weinman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9460-0
432 pages
September 2010
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Now in its second edition, Health Psychology is substantially revised and updated to offer the greatest coverage of this rapidly expanding discipline.
  • Updated edition which provides students with a critical, thought-provoking and comprehensive introduction to the discipline
  • Clearly and critically outlines the major areas of theory and research
  • Chapters written by world-leading health psychologists
  • Includes end-of-chapter discussion points and an extensive glossary of terms
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

1 Health Psychology: Introduction to Second Edition (David P. French, Kavita Vedhara, Ad A. Kaptein and John Weinman).

PART I Health-Related Behaviour.

2 The Role of Behaviour in Health (Andrew Steptoe, Benjamin Gardner and Jane Wardle).

3 Smoking (Lion Shahab and Robert West).

4 Physical Activity (Stuart J.H. Biddle).

5 Eating Behaviour (Jane Ogden).

6 Alcohol and Drug Use (Richard Hammersley).

7 Sexual Health and Behaviour (Jeffrey T. Parsons and Brooke E. Wells).

PART II Theoretical Approaches to Health Behaviour Change.

8 Interventions to Change Health-Related Behaviour Patterns (Charles Abraham).

9 The Impact of Perceived Risk on Risk-Reducing Behaviours (Alison J. Wright).

10 Using Social Cognition Models to Develop Health Behaviour Interventions: The Theory of Planned Behaviour as an Example (Stephen Sutton).

11 Stage Models of Behaviour Change (Falko F. Sniehotta and Robert Aunger).

PART III Cognition, Emotion, Behaviour and Health Care.

12 Illness-Related Cognition and Behaviour (Linda D. Cameron and Rona Moss-Morris).

13 Symptom Perception and Help Seeking (Suzanne E. Scott).

14 Adherence to Advice and Treatment (Rob Horne and Jane Clatworthy).

15 Health-Care Professional Behaviour: Enhancing Evidence-Based Health Care (Jill Francis and Marie Johnston).

16 Psychological Interventions in Chronic Illness (Alison J. Wearden and Chris Bundy).

17 Screening and Prevention (Kate Brain).

18 Hospitalisation and Stressful Medical Procedures (Kim G. Smolderen and Ad Vingerhoets).

PART IV Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness.

19 Stress, Health and Illness: The Effects of Prolonged Physiological Activity and Perseverative Cognition (Julian F. Thayer and Jos F. Brosschot).

20 Psychoneuroimmunology (Elizabeth Broadbent and Patricia Loft).

21 Coping with Stress (Joshua M. Smyth and Kelly B. Filipkowski).

22 Social Support (Ralf Schwarzer and Nina Knoll).

23 Personality, Health and Illness (Deborah J. Wiebe, Linda M. Drew and Andrea Croom).

24 Pain (H. Clare Daniel and Amanda C.de C. Williams).

25 Disability (Diane Dixon and Marie Johnston).

26 Quality of Life (Hannah McGee and Lena Ring).

PART V Lifespan, Gender and Sociocultural Perspectives.

27 Sociocultural Aspects of Health and Illness (Ayse K. Uskul).

28 Gender, Health and Illness (Myra S. Hunter and Magdalene Rosairo).

29 Developmental and Family Factors (Emily Arden-Close and Christine Eiser).

30 Ageing, Health and Illness (Frank Penedo, Madeline Hernandez and Jason Dahn).

31 Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Sue Hall and Sheila Payne).


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Author Information

David French is Professor of Health Psychology in the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions at Coventry University. He is currently an Associate Editor for both Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology, and is on the editorial board of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Kavita Vedhara is Professor of Health Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham. She is currently the Co-editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology, Research Sub-Committee Chair for the British Psychological Society?s Division of Health Psychology, and is on the Editorial Board of Health Psychology.

Ad A. Kaptein is Professor of Medical Psychology at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), The Netherlands. His research focuses on patients with chronic illness. He was Editor-in-Chief of Psychology & Health (1992?2000), and President of the European Health Psychology Society (2000?2002).

John Weinman is Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry at King?s College London. He was founding Editor of Psychology & Health and is currently an Associate Editor for Chronic Illness and for the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, as well as being on the Editorial Board of both Health Psychology and Health Psychology Review.

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New to This Edition

  • Substantially revised and updated to reflect key developments and the latest research in this rapidly expanding discipline.
  • The chapters of this new edition are explicitly structured around the Stage 1 curriculum of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology, offering the equivalent level to a Health Psychology masters degree.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Updated edition which provides students with a critical, thought-provoking and comprehensive introduction to the discipline
  • Clearly and critically outlines the major areas of theory and research
  • Chapters written by world-leading health psychologists
  • Includes end-of-chapter discussion points and an extensive glossary of terms
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"This is another in the excellent series of textbooks produced by Blackwell and deals in this case with a relatively new field that studies psychological processes in health, illness and healthcare." (Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2005)

"This book by leading health psychology researchers is an essential text for graduate students and an invaluable reference work for researchers in the field."
Professor Keith J Petrie, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

“This is an authoritative, up-to-date and comprehensive critical overview of Health Psychology, written by international experts and leaders in the field. The 31 chapters cover a wide range of key areas from health behaviours and interventions to psychobiological processes. They reflect current thinking in the application of theory to intervention design and evaluation and of scientific evidence to professional roles and training. A ‘must read’ for scientists and practitioners alike.”
Professor Susan Michie, University College London

‘This book provides a distinctive and comprehensive overview which will appeal to a wide-ranging and international audience.  It has an outstanding list of highly respected contributors.  With its extensive coverage of the major issues in the field of health psychology, its up-to-date review of current thinking and knowledge, and its accessible organisation and format, this book will be an extremely valuable asset for any student, academic, or practitioner working in health psychology or a related field.’
Dr Antonia Lyons, Massey University, New Zealand

Praise for the 1st edition:

"Health psychology has developed rapidly as a discipline over the past 25 years and this book gives a very valuable contemporary view of the area. The editors and authors are world experts in their fields and they offer a well-organised overview of the empirical evidence, theoretical approaches and opportunities for intervention in behaviour relevant to health, illness and healthcare."
Prof Marie Johnston, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen

"Health Psychology offers a well-structured, state-of-the-art overview of the major theoretical, empirical, and practical issues, written by leading international experts. It is an indispensable companion for students, researchers and practitioners. Health Psychology is an essential volume that moves the field another step ahead."
Wilmar Schaufeli, PhD, Director of the Research Institute Psychology & Health, Utrecht University

"Written by a team of internationally known writers and researchers in the field, this book stands out from other textbooks of health psychology. The opening chapter alone ought to be mandatory reading for anyone contemplating health psychology as a career and those in related professions, while the ensuing chapters give new interest to the major issues in current mainstream health psychology. This is a timely and welcome contribution to the discipline."
Sandra Horn, School of Psychology, University of Southampton

"This volume constitutes a major step forward in the development of health psychology as a science and as a professional discipline by giving an up to date and thorough overview of the field, often with a refreshing European flavour. It offers a number of useful features like mentioning key studies for a certain area and proposing 'discussion points'."
Prof Dr Jan Vinck, Limburgs Universitair Centrum, Belgium

"This comprehensive collection provides an authoritative overview of current thinking in health psychology research. A team of leading and predominantly European researchers map out the state of the science in an accessible and informative style."
Prof Charles Abraham, Department of Psychology, University of Sussex

"Health Psychology is another very good textbook that has much to offer those with an interest in health psychology ... The content is densely packed, but the 'Chaper Outline' and 'Key Concepts' at the beginning of each chapter ensure that finding particular information is quick and easy ... The book has a contemporary feel to it, referring to up-to-date studies and ideas. Many of the chapters are thoughtful and critical, and often acknowledge current difficulties and shortcomings."
Emma Dures, University of the West of England, Psychology, Health and Medicine, February 2005, 10(1): 122-124

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