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.

Assessment and Measurement in Health Psychology

Assessment and Measurement in Health Psychology

Assessment and measurement in health psychology


Health psychology examines psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness and healthcare. Its measures are distinguished by the nature of the theoretical frameworks and questions addressed, by the diversity of measurement methods used, and by the context of the applications. Most measurement issues in health psychology are similar to those in other areas of psychology and are characterized by the problems of assigning numbers in a meaningful way to behaviour and mental states (see Anastasi & Urbina, 1997, or Johnston, Wright & Weinman, 1995, for a simple introduction for non-psychologists).

This introductory section describes what is currently being measured, before dealing with general measurement issues in health psychology. In the following sections, some of the ...

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