Psychosocial Effects of Screening for Disease Prevention and Detection by Robert T. Croyle

Psychosocial Effects of Screening for Disease Prevention and Detection

EditorRobert T. Croyle

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As screening programs for HIV, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, genetic abnormalities and other risk factors continue to proliferate, difficult questions are continually raised concerning the psychological and behavioral effects on the participants. Although members of the public healthcommunity have debated the costs and benefits of screening programs for over three decades, these questions have become especially pertinent with the current emphasis on early disease detection and prevention. While advocates argue that risk notification provides the impetus for individuals toimprove their health habits and seek early treatment, skeptics contend that risk screening can have an adverse labeling effect, leading to increased anxiety, work absenteeism, and fatalism. Now, for the first time, the widely scattered body of research on the effects of risk factor screening is comprehensively reviewed and evaluated in this volume. Here, an internationally recognized group of expert contributors summarizes and discusses current knowledge about the psychosocialconsequences of risk factor testing, taking into account individual differences, gender differences, risk status, and intervention strategies. Both the public health and behavioral science viewpoints are explored through up-to-date reviews and stimulating commentary. Bridging the gap between data,theory and public health policy, this volume is essential reading for researchers, professionals and policymakers concerned with the prevention of acute and chronic disease.

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Robert T. Croyle is at University of Utah.
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Title:Psychosocial Effects of Screening for Disease Prevention and DetectionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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IntroductionPART I: Reviews of the Literature1. Psychological Impact of Genetic Testing2. Psychosocial Impact of Cholesterol Screening3. Psychosocial Impact of Cancer Screening4. Changes in Psychological Distress and HIV Risk-Associated Behavior: Consequences of HIV Antibody Testing5. The Psychosocial and Behavior Impact of Health Risk Appraisals6. Understanding the Impact of Risk Factor Test Results: Insights from a Basic Research ProgramPART II: Commentaries

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"Two primary themes are the psychological adjustment of those notified and subsequent behavioral and emotional effects, principally the reduction of risky behavior. The thirteen contributing authors were chosen for their experience in the effects of risk notification with both theoretical aswell as practical experience in large scale screening and prevention programs for a number of diseases." -- Psychological Reports