Health Psychology, 1st Edition
September 2003, ©2004
Written with enthusiasm, candor, and a healthy dose of humor, this text provides a thorough, research-based review of all the major topics, theories, and issues in health psychology.
Coverage includes health behaviors (e.g., smoking, eating, exercise, alcohol use), managing chronic and terminal disease, and interacting within the health care system, as well as separate chapters, research methods, personality, social support, and persuasive appeals. Throughout, the author presents the material in a highly engaging, conversational style that involves students in the subject matter and encourages critical thinking.
Appropriate for all levels of health psychology found in psychology and health/nursing departments.
2. Research Methods.
3. Theories of Health Behavior.
6. Social Support.
7. Smoking and Alcohol Abuse.
8. Obesity and Eating Disorders.
9. The Experience and Management of Pain.
10. Chronic Illness.
11. Terminal Illness and Bereavement.
12. Health Care Interaction: Screening, Utilization, Adherence, and Relapse.
13. Designing Persuasive Interventions.
14. Future Directions for Health Psychology.
Written in a compelling, easy-to-read, down-to-earth style.
Presents a strong basis in research, conveys the excitement of research methods, and includes recent findings and actual research questionnaires.
Encourages students to think critically about research, design, and interpretation.
Provides separate chapters on personality, social support, and persuasive appeals, offering more coverage of these topics than most other text.Presents Hot Topics/Lingering Issues questions at the end of each chapter that introduce students to timely and interesting topics.
Demonstrates the relevance of health psychology to practical, real-world issues, such as preventing the spread of HIV, the impact of poverty on health-related behaviors, and the costs and benefits of screening for genetic diseases.