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Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

Edited by: Panteleimon Ekkekakis , Dane B. Cook , Lynette L. Craft , S. Nicole Culos-Reed , Panteleimon Ekkekakis , Jennifer L. Etnier , Mark Hamer , Kathleen A. Martin Ginis , Justy Reed , Jasper A.J. Smits , Michael Ussher

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782999
eBook ISBN: 9780203132678
Adobe ISBN: 9781136477805

10.4324/9780203132678
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A growing body of evidence shows that physical activity can be a cost-effective and safe intervention for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems. As researchers and clinicians around the world look for evidence-supported alternatives and complements to established forms of therapy (medication and psychotherapy), interest in physical activity mounts.

The Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health offers the most comprehensive review of the research evidence on the effects of physical activity on multiple facets of mental health. Written by a team of world-leading international experts, the book covers ten thematic areas:

  • physical activity and the ‘feel good’ effect
  • anxiety disorders
  • depression and mood disorders
  • self-perceptions and self-evaluations
  • cognitive function across the lifespan
  • psychosocial stress
  • pain
  • energy and fatigue
  • addictions
  • quality of life in special populations.

This volume presents a balanced assessment of the research evidence, highlights important directions for future work, and draws clear links between theory, research, and clinical practice. As the most complete and authoritative resource on the topic of physical activity and mental health, this is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners in a wide range of fields, including clinical and health psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, behavioural and preventive medicine, gerontology, nursing, public health and primary care.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Pleasure From the Exercising Body Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Physical Activity and Reward Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Physical Activity Feel-Good Effect Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Physical Activity and Reward Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Anxiety and Its Disorders Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Anxiety Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Anxiety Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Exercise and Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Depression Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Potential Psychological Mechanisms Underlying the Exercise and Depression Relationship Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Neurobiology of Depression and Physical Exercise Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Physical Activity and Self-Perceptions Among Children and Adolescents Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Physical Activity and Self-Perceptions Among Adults Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Identities, Schemas, and Definitions Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Physical Activity and Personal Agency Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Physical Activity and Body Image Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Physical Activity Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Exercise Effects on Brain and Cognition in Older Adults Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Physical Activity, Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Exercise and Cognitive Function Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Physical Activity, Stress Reactivity, and Stress-Mediated Pathophysiology Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Impact of Physical Activity on Diurnal Rhythms Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Physical Activity and Stress Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Physical Activity, Stress, and Immune Function Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Interaction of Musculoskeletal Pain and Physical Activity Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Effects of Physical Activity on Laboratory Pain Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Effects of Acute and Chronic Physical Activity on Chronic Pain Conditions Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Physical Activity and Pain Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Effect of Acute and Regular Aerobic Physical Activity on Positive Activated Affect Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Physical Activity and Feelings of Fatigue Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Tired of Being Sedentary Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Physical Activity as an Aid in Smoking Cessation Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Physical Activity and Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders Download PDF
Chapter  33:  The Neurobiology of Exercise and Drug-Seeking Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Role of Physical Activity in Older Adults' Quality of Life Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Physical Activity and Psychosocial Health Among Cancer Survivors Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Exercise as an Adjunct Treatment for Schizophrenia Download PDF
Postscript Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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