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.
Introduction to Part IV
The final seven chapters of this handbook focus on topics that are critical for effective practice of clinical health psychology; however, the issues are more crosscutting than those in the chapters in Parts II and III, which focused on specific health behaviors and disease. As in any applied discipline, clinical health psychologists must be sensitive to ethical issues, cultural and individual diversity, and the challenges that are unique to this multidisciplinary field. The editors identified seven important topics and recruited authors to provide an overview of the issues that are critical to clinical health psychology. Although not exhaustive of the issues that will challenge the practitioner, the resulting chapters provide a solid foundation for the practice of clinical ...