Perceptions of Health and Illness: Current Research and Applications

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Taylor & Francis, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 501 pages
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The study of how individuals perceive and make sense of health and illness is a new and rapidly developing area in health psychology. The field has undergone important recent theoretical developments and applications to a wide range of health threats and illnesses. The first section of this book examines current theoretical and measurement issues in the field and includes issues related to illness perceptions across the life-span, disability, and the assessment of illness representations in chronic illness. The second section addresses the role of illness perceptions in health screening and prevention and includes work on perceptions of genetic disease, cancer screening, and how individuals process health risk information. The third section is concerned with the application of illness perceptions to patients with chronic illness and those undergoing treatment. Illnesses examined using this approach include chronic fatigue syndrome, breast cancer, diabetes, and myocardial infarction.
 

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Contents

Christine Eiser
3
Illness perceptions in prevention and health
7
List of Contributors
8
Theoretical foundations
19
Childrenos perceptions of health and illness
47
Are there differences in perceptions of illness
77
Measurement of illness perceptions in patients
103
Department of Psychology University of St Andrews Fife Scotland
131
Illness representations after the human genome
241
Defensive biases
267
Illness perceptions and
291
Illness representations and the selfmanagement
323
Self regulation and psychoeducational interventions
349
The role of iliness cognitions and coping in the
411
Illness representations and recovery from
441
Illness representations in online
463

Howard Leventhal
157
Representations of disability
189
? Cognitive representations and preventative health
213

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About the author (1997)

Duncan Petrie is Director of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter and author of"The British Cinematographer" (1996).

John Weinman is Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.

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