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Handbook of Health Psychology

Edited by: Andrew Baum , Tracey A. Revenson , Jerome Singer

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805864618
eBook ISBN: 9780203804100
Adobe ISBN: 9781136638299

10.4324/9780203804100
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Considered the most comprehensive handbook in the field, this rich resource reviews the biological, psychological, and social factors that affect health, health behavior, and illness. Many chapters review the latest theories and research while others illustrate how research is translated into clinical and community interventions to improve physical health and emotional well-being. Chapters examine health behavior processes within the social contexts in which we live, including family, social, and cultural communities. The handbook cuts across concepts (behavior change), populations (women’s health), risk and protective factors (obesity) and diseases, making it appropriate for a variety of readers from various fields.

Featuring contributions from the top researchers and rising stars in the field, each author provides a theoretical foundation, evaluates the empirical evidence, and makes suggestions for future research, clinical practice, and/or policy. Novices to the field appreciate the accessibly written chapters, while seasoned professionals appreciate the book’s deep, cutting edge coverage.

Significantly updated throughout, the new edition reflects the latest approaches to health psychology today:

  • greater emphasis on translating research into practice and policy
  • more on the socio-cultural aspects of health including socioeconomic status, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and aging
  • two new sections on risk and protective factors for disease and another on social and structural influences that affect health
  • more on prevention, interventions, and treatment in the applications section
  • an expansion of the bio-psycho-social model across several levels of analysis, including cultural, macro-social, and cellular factors.

The book opens with the field’s central theories, emphasizing the interaction of biological and social systems. Part II reviews the mechanisms that help explain the link between health and behavior across diseases and populations. The all new Part III focuses on variables that lead to the onset of major diseases or that are instrumental in promoting health. Part IV, also new to the second edition, highlights social and structural influences on health. The book concludes with applications of research to specific illnesses and medical conditions.

The Handbook serves as a text in graduate or upper level undergraduate courses in health psychology taught in psychology, public health, medical sociology, medicine, nursing, and other social and allied health sciences. Its cutting edge, comprehensive coverage also appeals to researchers and practitioners in these fields.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Modeling Health and Illness Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  2:  How Psychophysiology Contributes to Health Psychology Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Stress, Health, and Illness Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Behavioral Self-Regulation, Health, and Illness Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Processes of Health Behavior Change Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Subjective Risk and Health-Protective Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Psychological and Physiological Bases of Chronic Pain Download PDF
Chapter  8:  What Are the Health Effects of Disclosure? Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Coping in Social Context Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Adjustment to Chronic Illness Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Measuring Sexual Quality of Life Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Patient Adherence to Treatment Regimen Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Caregiving and Care Receiving in Later Life Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Tobacco Use Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Obesity Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Health-Enhancing Physical Activity Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Personality and Health Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Meaning, Spirituality, and Growth Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Social Networks and Social Support Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Health and Illness in the Context of the Family Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Gender and Health Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Socioeconomic Status And Health Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Race and Health Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Health of Sexual Minorities Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Aging and Health Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Psychosocial Factors in Cardiovascular Disease Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Treatment in Cardiovascular Disease Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Randomized Clinical Trials Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Psychosocial Interventions for People With Cancer Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Stress, Immunity, and Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Infectious Disease Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Psychological Processes in Rheumatic Disease Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Psychological and Biobehavioral Processes in HIV Disease Download PDF
Chapter  34:  HIV and African American Women in the U.S. South  Download PDF
Subject_Index Download PDF
Author_Index Download PDF
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