Health Psychology: Theory and Practice

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Allen & Unwin, 1998 - Psychology - 344 pages
Health Psychology offers a comprehensive introduction to the relationship between behaviour and health. It outlines the distinction between physiological and psychological causes of ill-health, and analyses the main psychological theories used to explain health behaviour.
Felicity Allen examines both health-enhancing and hazardous behaviour, and explains why it is so difficult to persuade people to modify their health-related behaviour.
Health Psychology is the first Australian text on the topic. Clearly written, it is an essential text for students and professionals in health promotion, public health, nursing, allied health, medicine and psychology.

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About the author (1998)

Felicity Allen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Monash University and President of the Australian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine.

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