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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

Promoting Health and Preventing Disease
Promoting health and preventing disease

This final chapter is concerned with the interventions that have been made to improve health and to limit disease. At an everyday level, the signs of these interventions are commonplace in developed societies. Immunization, information programmes and exhortations to change one's lifestyle, while often perceived as ways in which people are encouraged to improve their health, are actually attempts to reduce the likelihood of people developing disease. This is not quite the same as persuading them to improve their health. We need to make a distinction between what can be called the control of disease, through attempts to reduce its incidence, and the promotion of good health by means of improving the quality of life.

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