The SAGE Handbook of Health Psychology represents a landmark work in the field, gathering together in a single volume contributions from an internationally renowned group of scholars. It provides a definitive, one-stop, authoritative guide to the major themes and debates in health psychology, both past and present, and should in time become a classic reference work for a wide, international readership. Its coverage is comprehensive, both traditional and innovative, and reflects the latest in global health psychology research from a wide perspective. This includes the latest work in epidemiology of health and illness, health-related cognitions, chronic illness, interventions in changing health behaviour, research methods in health psychology and biological mechanisms of health and disease. As a result its potential as an authoritative entry point to those new to the discipline as well as those already working inside it is very high. Given its breadth of content and accessibility, the Handbook will be indispensable for advanced students as well as researchers. Expertly organized by editors of international stature, and authored by a similar team of luminaries in the field, this single volume Handbook is an essential purchase for individuals and librarians worldwide.

Context and Perspectives in Health Psychology

Context and Perspectives in Health Psychology

Context and perspectives in health psychology


Health psychology is a young discipline, and its knowledge is growing rapidly. In the opening chapter, we will examine the context and perspectives of this field by dividing the material into five sections. In the following order, these sections will:

  • discuss the concepts of health and illness and how patterns of illness vary around the world and across time
  • consider how people across history have viewed the roles of the body and the mind in the development of disease and some evidence that psychosocial processes are involved
  • describe several areas of research and application in health psychology, along with a sampling of associated theories and approaches used in the discipline
  • examine the relationships of ...
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