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Chronic Physical Disorders: Behavioral Medicine's Perspective

Chronic Physical Disorders: Behavioral Medicine's Perspective

Alan Christensen (Editor), Michael Antoni (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-69278-3

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages



In Chronic Physical Disorders, the most prominent figures in the field of behavioral medicine argue why a biopsychosocial perspective is crucial to reducing the tremendous personal and societal burden of chronic disease.

Introduction: Alan J. Christensen (The University of Iowa) and Michael H. Antoni (The Ohio State University).

Part I: Cross-Cutting Issues:.

1. Quality of Life and Chronic Illness: Robert M. Kaplan (University of California, San Diego).

2. Social Psychological Aspects of Chronic Disease: Vicki S. Helgeson (Cernegie Mellon University) and Kerry A. Reynolds (Carnegie Mellon University).

3. Coping Processes and Adjustment to Chronic Illness: Charles S. Carver (University of Miami) and Michael F. Scheier (Carnegie Mellon University).

4. Adherence in the Management of Chronic Disorders: Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob (University of Pittsburgh), Elizabeth A. Schlenk (University of Pittsburgh) and Donna Caruthers (University of Pittsburgh).

Part II: Chronic Physical Disorders:.

5. Coronary Heart Disease: Timothy W. Smith (The University of Utah) and John M. Ruiz (The University of Utah).

6. Cancer: Barbara L. Anderson (The Ohio State University) and Sharla Wells (The Ohio State University).

7. Diabetes: Linda Gonder-Frederick (University of Virginia Health System), Daniel J. Cox (University of Virginia Health System), and William L. Clarke (University of Virginia Health System).

8. Chronic Pain: Dennis C. Turk (University of Washington) and Akiko Okifuji (University of Washington).

9. HIV and AIDS: Michael H. Antoni (University of Utah).

10. End-Stage Renal Disease: Alan J. Christensen (University of Iowa) and Katherine Raichle (University of Iowa).

11. Asthma: Bruce G. Bender (University of Colorado) and Thomas L. Creer (The Ohio University).

12. Arthritis: Heather M. Burke (Arizona State University), Alex J. Zautra (Arizona State University), Amy S. Schultz (Arizona State University), John W. Reich (Arizona State University) and Mary C. Davis (Arizona State Univerisity).

“Christensen and Antoni have edited an outstanding text that will be exceptionally helpful to both researchers and clinicians. The list of authors reads like a veritable Who’s Who in Behavioral Medicine.” Professor Francis J. Keefe, Duke Pain and Palliative Care Program

“This volume provides an excellent synthesis of the cross-cutting themes and major psychosocial issues in the adjustment process for persons with chronic medical conditions. It is an essential reference for researchers, clinicians, and students of the discipline of health psychology and behavioral medicine, as well as a valuable resource for other health professionals whose research and clinical work focuses on chronic disease management.” Dr. Perry M. Nicassio, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

  • Brings together the most prominent figures in behavioral medicine today.

  • Promotes a biopsychosocial approach to caring for those with chronic physical disorders.

  • Highlights broad theoretical issues in the first section and specific physical disorders in the second section.