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This textbook gives a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. Challenging some of the preconceptions of ill-health of the biomedical approach, the book explores how health and illness is often shaped by factors such as culture, poverty, gender and sexuality, and examines how these influences impact on the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness as well as disability. Students are introduced to literature from disciplines other than psychology to provide multiple perspectives on these complex issues.


There are so many gender-based cliches that we bandy about daily: women are bad drivers; men only have sex on their minds; women are nurturers; men are better at maths; women are more emotional than men; men are stronger, women are weak. Then we stigmatize those men and women who do not ...

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