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Health Psychology
A Critical Introduction


  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521005265

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  • This textbook aims to provide students with a stimulating alternative to the textbooks currently available by placing the discipline within the context of the social world and encouraging them to question some of the assumptions and values underlying much current research. A comprehensive survey of the discipline is provided, framed within a lifespan approach, and emphasising social-cultural factors such as gender, ethnicity and social-economic status. All major topics are covered, including health behaviours, health promotion, coping strategies, stress, biomedical and biopsychosocial models of health and illness, chronic illnesses, psychoneuroimmunology, disability, pain, and patient-provider communication. Each topic is situated within its social and cultural context and constantly linked back to real-world experience. Chapters include valuable features such as research updates, learning objectives and recommended readings. This book will be an invaluable resource for students of health psychology across a range of disciplines including psychology, anthropology and health studies.

    • Distinctive approach, bringing new, more 'critical' perspectives to health psychology, whilst offering a comprehensive integrated introduction to the topic
    • Locates individuals and their experiences of health and illness within their social worlds, and explicitly considers people who are from minority or disadvantaged groups in society
    • User friendly format offers learning aims, recommended readings, 'research in focus' boxes and glossary terms
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521005265
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.924kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 37 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Locating the field: introducing health psychology
    2. Thinking about health and the body
    3. Choosing lifestyles
    4. Controlling the body
    5. Becoming ill
    6. Comprehending bodily experience
    7. Interacting with health professionals
    8. Treating illness
    9. Being ill
    10. Dying
    11. Relocating the field: critical health psychology
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity and Health
    • Health Psychology/Behavioral Science
    • Health Psyhology
    • Introduction to Health Psychology
    • Psychology of health
    • Pyschosocial Aspects of Health
    • Topics in Health Psychology
  • Authors

    Antonia C. Lyons, Massey University, Auckland
    Antonia Lyons is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Massey University. She was a founding member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology and has published numerous articles and book chapters in this field.

    Kerry Chamberlain, Massey University, Auckland
    Kerry Chamberlain is Professor of Health Psychology at Massey University, Palmerston North. He has published widely in international journals on health and research methods and authored several book chapters. He is co-editor of Qualitative Health Psychology and Exploring Existential Meaning.

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