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`This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and ot

Stress, Illness and Social Support
Stress, illness and social support

The idea that stress contributes to illness is commonplace in industrialized societies. By examining the concept of stress, this chapter approaches health and illness from a different perspective from the one we have adopted so far. In previous chapters the issue has been how people act in the course of becoming ill; here the question concerns what have been called ‘the social causes of illness’ (Totman, 1987). From seeing social life as the medium through which people give meaning to their symptoms, we move to seeing it as the possible cause or reason for them being ill in the first place.

The words ‘cause’ and ‘reason’ in the last sentence imply quite different things. The former denotes ...

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