Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness is an accessible and engaging introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body across a broad range of topics including infectious illness, autoimmunity, cancer and pain. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, it brings together research from a number of disciplines including health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral genetics. The textbook presents established theoretical models relevant to psychobiological processes in health and illness, as well as recent developments in systems, technologies and intervention methods.

Psychobiological Interventions
Psychobiological interventions


In the previous chapters we illustrated psychobiological processes in health and illness with respect to links between the CNS, immune and endocrine systems, impacts of emotional states on physical and psychological functioning, gene– environment and gene–behaviour interactions and psychobiological processes implicated in the experience of pain.

In this chapter, we will consider how knowledge of these psychobiological processes can help to develop interventions to improve health. Knowledge of the theories and processes discussed in previous chapters (and relevant terminology) is assumed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • describe coping-based interventions for patients with chronic illness
  • discuss links between intervention approaches and theories of emotion, coping and self-regulation
  • discuss evidence for the effectiveness of interventions and consider the strengths and limitations of ...
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