Health Psychology: A Textbook: A textbook by Jane OgdenHealth Psychology: A Textbook: A textbook by Jane Ogden

Health Psychology: A Textbook: A textbook

byJane Ogden

Paperback | May 16, 2012

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A comprehensive and accessible guide, examining health behaviours by reviewing the key research in this growing field.

Thoroughly revised to reflect recent research, theory and practice in health psychology, this market bestseller includes five new chapters with coverage of topical issues such as behaviour change strategies, health inequalities, exercise dependence, caffeine use and men's health.

Now organized into five sections, the book follows a health-illness continuum model, covering theory and research relating to the context of health, health beliefs and behaviours, becoming ill and being ill with the final section describing how students can learn to think more critically about all aspects of health psychology.

Key Features

Many brand new examples introduced, covering: post traumatic stress symptoms, exercise and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, post traumatic growth and benefit finding, eating, exercise, social support and coping, visualization and illness cognitions.


Essential reading for all students and researchers of health psychology. It will also be invaluable to students of medicine, nursing and allied health.

Jane Ogden is a Professor in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. She is author of five books and over 130 journal articles. She is also a regular contributor for the media.
Title:Health Psychology: A Textbook: A textbookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:10.43 × 7.76 × 1.02 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335243835

ISBN - 13:9780335243839

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Table of Contents

Preface to the fifth edition

Part 1: The context of health psychology

An introduction to health psychology
Health inequalities

Part 2: Health beliefs, behaviour and behaviour change

Health beliefs
Addictive behaviours: Smoking and alcohol and other addictions
Eating behaviour
Health promotion: changing health behaviours

Part 3: Becoming ill

Illness cognitions
Accessing health care
Stress and illness

Part 4: Being ill

Pain and the placebo effect
HIV and cancer: Psychology through the course of illness
Obesity and coronary heart disease: psychology through the course of illness
Women's health issues
Men's health issues
Measuring health status: from mortality rates to quality of life

Part 5: Reflecting on health psychology

Critical health psychology