Health Psychology: Biological, Psychological, and Sociocultural Perspectives

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, Oct 5, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 397 pages
This new and engaging text provides students with the latest research, theories, and skills to examine their health-related behaviors and attitudes. Emphasizing the biopsychosocial model, Health Psychology examines how biological, psychological, and social-cultural perspectives influence an individual’s overall health, and guides students through common health psychology topics, such as the rehabilitation of the sick and injured, how emotions cause change in the body’s biological system, the effects of stress on health, and much more. With its accessible writing style and numerous real-world examples, the text motivates students to make positive changes that are based on current health research.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Health Psychology
1
Conducting and Evaluating Research in Health Psychology
23
Changing Behavior to Improve Health
55
Applications of Health Psychology to Exercise Behavior Improving Health Through Exercise
81
Applications of Health Psychology to Eating Behaviors Improving Health Through Nutritional Changes
113
Applications of Health Psychology to Harmful Addictive Behaviors
145
The Concept of Stress
169
The Reciprocal Effects of Stress on Illness and Injury
189
Pain A Serious Health Problem and Source of Stress
235
Applications of Health Psychology to Cardiovascular Disease
263
Applications of Health Psychology to Cancer
297
Applications of Health Psychology to Chronic Illness
321
Applications of Health Psychology to Diversity Issues
347
Glossary
369
Index
391
Photo Credits
397

Coping and Stress Management
209

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University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

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