Health Psychology

2nd Edition

Charles Abraham, Mark Conner, Fiona Jones, Daryl O'Connor

Routledge
Published April 19, 2016
Textbook - 328 Pages
ISBN 9781138023406 - CAT# Y165927
Series: Topics in Applied Psychology

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Summary

The new edition of Health Psychology is the perfect introduction to this rapidly developing field. Throughout the book, the psychological processes that shape health-related behaviors, and affect core functions such as the immune and cardiovascular systems, are clearly explained. These relationships provide the foundation for psychological interventions which can change cognition, perception and behavior, thereby improving health.

The book is split into five sections, and builds to provide a comprehensive overview of the field:

  • the biological basis of health and illness
  • stress and health
  • coping resources: social support and individual differences
  • motivation and behavior
  • relating to patients

Extensively revised to include new material on behavioral change, the role of stress, resilience and social support, recovery from work, and the care of people with chronic disease, the book also includes a range of features which highlight key issues, and engage readers in applying what we have learned from research.

This is essential reading for any undergraduates studying this exciting field for the first time, and the perfect primer for those embarking on postgraduate study.

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