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.

Professional Issues in Health Psychology

Professional Issues in Health Psychology

professional issues in health psychology


As a field evolves, professional issues surface. This chapter focuses on such issues in the growth and formalization of health psychology as a science and a profession. The order of presentation is not chronological, as in reality, development in each of these areas has been interrelated. The areas addressed include: organizational structures; recognition, standard setting and regulation; interdisciplinary issues; distinctive ethical issues; and related trends.

Organizational Structures

Hallmark events in the evolution of any specialty or profession are (1) the emergence of scientific and professional societies devoted to further study and practice in the area, and (2) the publication of new scientific and professional journals specific to the area. As new knowledge develops, members of the discipline gather ...

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