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.

Brief Psychotherapies and Group Treatments in General Health Care Settings

Brief psychotherapies and group treatments in general health care settings

Over the past 30 years, evidence has continued to accumulate demonstrating that medical conditions both affect and are affected by psychosocial factors. Behavioral habits of daily life, such as physical activity, smoking, and diet, clearly affect the risk of developing the most common sources of morbidity and mortality (e.g., coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes) as well as the course of such conditions. Other psychosocial factors, such as stressful life circumstances, social support, personality characteristics, and chronic negative emotions, affect the development and course of these same conditions through more direct psychobiological mechanisms. Finally, most acute and chronic medical conditions influence emotional adjustment, personal relationships, work and ...

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