This comprehensive yet practical handbook consolidates information needed by health psychologists working alongside other healthcare professionals. It facilitates the progression of the learner from the classroom to the clinical setting by focusing on the translation of science to practice using practical examples. The Handbook is divided into four major parts. Part I highlights practical issues faced by health psychologists in a medical setting (how to motivate patients, consultation-liaison, assessment and screening, brief psychotherapies, ethical issues, etc.) Part II concentrates on treating unhealthy behaviors (alcohol and nicotine use, noncompliance, overeating/obesity, physical inactivity, stress). Part III considers behavioral aspects of medical problems (pain management, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, sexual dysfunction, HIV/AIDS, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia). And Part IV takes up special issues relevant to practice and research in the field (minority issues, women’s issues, working with geriatric populations, public health approaches to health psychology and behavioral medicine). The Handbook will prove to be an invaluable resource for those already working in the field of health psychology as well as for those in training.

Behavioral Aspects of Medical Problems
Behavioral aspects of medical problems

Introduction to Part III

The next nine chapters epitomize the critical role that psychologists play within health treatment teams across the globe. Whereas Part II focused on unhealthy behaviors that deteriorate health status, this section targets the unhealthy outcomes of certain behaviors and explores adaptive behavioral approaches that improve, prevent, and/or alleviate such deleterious medical conditions. Moreover, the chapters in this section also focus on understanding and addressing psychological problems, such as depression, that result from these medical conditions.

In Chapter 13, Boothby, Kuhajda, and Thorn explore the role of individual difference variables (e.g., biological states, personality), cognitive appraisal, and coping skills in relation to an individual's adjustment to pain. They address these issues within a biopsychosocial framework ...

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