Handbook of Health Psychology: Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-12-14
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Considered the most comprehensive handbookin the field, this new edition reviews the latest approaches to the most critical topics in health psychology today. This edition maintains the bio-psycho-social model framework. It cuts across concepts (e.g., behavior change), populations (e.g. women#xE2;#xAC;"s health), risk and protective factors (e.g., obesity) and diseases, making it appropriate for a variety of readers from various fields. The contributors include the top researchers and rising stars in 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#xE2;#xAC;"s deep, cutting edge coverage. The second edition reflects the enormous progress that has been made in the connections among the bio-psycho-social components of health, behavior, and illness. This model has been expanded across several levels of analysis, including cultural, macro-social, and cellular factors. The 2ndedition also features: Greater emphasis on translating research into practice and policy. Two new sections on risk and protective factors for disease and another on social and structural influences that affect health such as socioeconomic status, reflect the current scholarship in the field. More on prevention and/or interventions and treatment in the applications section. The book opens with the field#xE2;#xAC;"s central theories including a "newer" stress theory that emphasizes the interaction of biological and social systems. Part 2 reviews the mechanisms that help us explain the link between health and behavior across diseases and populations. The all new Part 3 focuses on variables that lead to the onset and progression of major diseases or that are instrumental in promoting health. These factors can be behavioral (e.g., smoking, exercise), psychological (e.g., personality, depression) or a combination of the two (e.g., obesity). Part 4, also new to the 2nd edition, highlights the social and structural influences on health. The book concludes with applications of research to specific disorders. The handbook serves as a text in graduate and/or upper level undergraduate courses in health psychology taught in a variety of departments including psychology, public health, medical sociology, medicine, nursing, and other social and allied health sciences. Because of its comprehensive and current coverage, it also appeals to researchers and practitioners in these fields.

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