Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach

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Cengage Learning, Feb 4, 2009 - Psychology - 544 pages
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With a conversational style that conveys the excitement, research base, and real-world applications of the field, Regan A. R. Gurung introduces students to health psychology with an integrated cultural perspective. commendable goal of being comprehensive yet extremely accessible. Gurung focuses on key determinants of behavior, such as family, ethnicity, and religion, which are not always highlighted in health psychology books. Packed with the most up-to-date citations available, this book combines issues ripped from the headlines with the classic issues of the field. A range of vivid examples from different cultural groups provides students with a comprehensive description of the basic theories in health psychology as well as an overview of cutting-edge research in the field. Special sections highlighting clinical applications of basic theories, strong doses of personality and social psychological theories, and chapters exclusively devoted to variations in cultural beliefs, human development, and different diseases, combine to give readers the best of many worlds.
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Contents

Health Psychology Setting the Stage
1
Cultural Approaches to Health
33
Essential Physiology
65
Stress Across Cultures
102
Coping and Social Support
145
Models of Behavior Change
182
Health Behaviors Eating Physical Activity Smoking and Drinking
212
Factors Surrounding Illness
250
Psychoneuroimmunology and HIV
341
Culture and Cancer
370
Culture and Cardiovascular Disease
406
The Future of Health Psychology
432
Answer Key for Test Yourself Questions
454
Glossary
456
References
463
Name Index
487

Pain
276
Chronic Illness Terminal Illness and Death
306

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About the author (2009)

Regan A. R. Gurung is the chair of the psychology department at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. His research interests include stress and coping, changing health behaviors, and the media and health. He currently teaches courses in health psychology and culture, development, and health and has published widely in journals such as Psychological Review. Gurung has won several teaching awards, most recently the University of Wisconsin Green Bay's 2004 Founders Association Award for Excellence.

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