Self, Social Identity, and Physical Health: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Paperback | February 1, 1999

EditorRichard J. Contrada, Richard D. Ashmore

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Despite tremendous progress in understanding the human body as a biological mechanism, researchers are finding that many aspects of physical health are strongly linked to a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and to features of the sociocultural environment. This interdisciplinaryvolume, the newest in the Rutgers Series on Self and Social Identity, provides a survey of this research, emphasizing the connections between health and an individual's sense of self. Drawing on psychology, sociology and anthropology, the collection examines the health-related effects both of broad social forces and of individual experiences. Part I examines the diverse systems involved, moving from the biological and psychological systems in the individual to such societalsystems as language, politics, economics, and health care. Part II focuses on stress and emotion and includes an extensive discussion of race related stress and of the beneficial effects of disclosing and talking about individual traumatic events. Part III addresses health in the context ofpersonality and development, proposing a multilevel view of personality and describing the emergence of sexual identities during adolescence. The final part then looks at the other side of the self-health relationship by examining the effects of illness on one's sense of self. As a whole, thecollection provides a wide ranging survey of existing work on how self and health are linked and is a valuable source of ideas for future research.

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Despite tremendous progress in understanding the human body as a biological mechanism, researchers are finding that many aspects of physical health are strongly linked to a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and to features of the sociocultural environment. This interdisciplinaryvolume, the newest in the Rutgers Series on Self...

Richard J. Contrada is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Richard D. Ashmore is a Professor of Psychology, both at Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Richard J. Contrada and Richard D. Ashmore: Introduction: Self and Social Identity: Key to Understanding Social and Behavioral Aspects of Physical Health and DiseasePart I. Self, Social Identity, and Systems Affecting Health and Health Care2. John F. Kihlstrom and Lucy Canter Kihlstrom: Self, Sickness, Somatization, and Systems of Care3. Margaret Lock: The Politics of Health, Identity, and CulturePart II. Self and Social Identity in Stress, Coping, and Physical Disease4. David R. Williams, Michael S. Spencer, and James S. Jackson: Race, Stress, and Physical Health: The Role of Group Identity5. James W. Pennebaker and Kelli A. Keough: Revealing, Organizing, and Reorganizing the Self in Response to Stress and EmotionPart III. Self-Related Personality Structures, Identity Development, and Disease-Promoting Behavior6. Suzanne C. Ouellette: The Relationship between Personality and Health: What Self and Identity Have to Do With It7. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Julia A. Graber: What's Sex Got to Do With It? The Development of Sexual Identities during AdolescencePart IV. Influences of Illness on Self and Identity8. Howard Leventhal, Ellen Idler, and Elaine A. Leventhal: The Impact of Chronic Illness on the Self System9. Kathy Charmaz: From the "Sick Role" to Stories of Self: Understanding the Self in Illness10. Richard D. Ashmore and Richard J. Contrada: Conclusion: Self, Social Identity, and the Analysis of Social and Behavioral Aspects of Physical Health and Disease