Foundations Of Health Psychology

Hardcover | September 26, 2006

EditorHoward S. Friedman, Roxane Cohen Silver

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Health psychology is the scientific study of psychological processes related to health and health care. Although the field is only 25 years old, it has burgeoned into a major scientific and clinical discipline. Health psychology has excellent scientific journals, thousands of scientists andpractitioners, and many students. Yet, there has not been a sufficient statement or explication of the foundational concepts upon which this flourishing field is built. Foundations of Health Psychology brings together top experts to provide a much-needed conceptual base for this rapidly expanding field. Rather than take a medical model approach, the volume examines health psychology from a theoretical, conceptual, and psychological perspective. After presentingan overview of the field's history and methods, the contributors address core concepts of the biopsychosocial approach to health and then discuss applications to health promotion and illness prevention and treatment. Providing a deep understanding of the intellectual foundations of health psychology, this volume will be invaluable for both new and experienced researchers, as well as students and other scholars seeking a firm basis for successful research and practice.

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Health psychology is the scientific study of psychological processes related to health and health care. Although the field is only 25 years old, it has burgeoned into a major scientific and clinical discipline. Health psychology has excellent scientific journals, thousands of scientists andpractitioners, and many students. Yet, ther...

Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). His research is focused on lifespan psychosocial predictors and mediators of health and longevity. Dr. Friedman is the recipient of the career award for "Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology" from the American Psycho...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 7.2 × 10 × 1.3 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of Contributors1. Howard S. Friedman and Nancy E. Adler: The History and Background of Health Psychology2. Timothy W. Smith: Measurement in Health Psychology Research3. J. Lee Westmaas, Virginia Gil-Rivas, and Roxane C. Silver: Designing and Implementing Interventions to Promote Health and Prevent IllnessPART TWO: CORE CONCEPTS OF THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH TO HEALTH4. John T. Cacioppo and Gary G. Berntson: The Brain, Homeostasis, and Health: Balancing Demands of the Internal and External Milieu5. Margaret E. Kemeny: Psychoneuroimmunology6. Charles S. Carver: Stress, Coping and Health7. Shelley E. Taylor: Social Support8. Howard S. Friedman: Personality, Disease, and Self-healingPART THREE: APPLICATIONS TO HEALTH PROMOTION AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT9. Annette L. Stanton and Tracey A. Revenson: Adjustment to Chronic Disease: Progress and Promise in Research10. Karen Rook, Susan Turk Charles and Jutta Heckhausen: Aging and Health11. James W. Pennebaker and Cindy K. Chung: Expressive Writing, Emotional Upheavals, and Health12. Camille Wortman and Kathrin Boerner: Reactions to the Death of a Loved One: Beyond the Myths of Coping with Loss13. Judith A. Hall and Debra L. Roter: Physician-Patient Communication14. Robert M. Kaplan: Uncertainty, Variability and Resource Allocation in the Healthcare Decision ProcessSubject IndexName Index

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"In summary, this book is sure to hold a seminal position in health psychology education and continuing education. It would be highly useful as an advanced graduate text, an update for health psychologists on the state of the science of health psychology, and for other health professionals(psychologists and others) with an interest in improving their understanding of the biopsychosocial model to conceptualize, study, and intervene on human health. The editors should be commended for their efforts and success in collecting high-quality reviews of important topics within the complexfield of health psychology."--PsycCRITIQUES