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.

Lifespan, Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology

Lifespan, Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology

Lifespan, gender and cross-cultural perspectives in health psychology


This chapter focuses on the influence that a number of individual and social contexts have on health, in particular those associated with gender, ethnicity and the family, and how these may differentially affect health at different stages of the lifespan. These factors are intertwined in a complex web of causality; so much so, that an individual's health is likely to be influenced by a variety of related factors. The aim of this chapter is to outline the biological, social and psychological factors that may interact around these social categories.

Gender and Health

An average woman's life expectancy in the West is significantly greater than that of men of the same birth cohort. ...

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