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Hormones in your gut can affect the way you behave, prenatal infections have been associated with the development of schizophrenia and women doing shift work are more likely to develop diabetes. This book looks at fieldwork and health promotion through a psycho-social and biological perspective, to limit the occurrence of illness. We might not always be successful in preventing or overcoming every pathological condition through psychological and life-style changes, but at the least, stress can be diminished and quality of life can be enhanced.
The author presents both key and up-to-date studies to help the reader explore the varied ways in which the biological, physiological and social factors at an individual and systematic level all affect psychology and how effective interventions can influence the health of a population.
Mapped to course requirements and exploring bio-social, developmental and life-style factors in relation to physical and psychological disturbances, Health Psychology is an indispensable companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students in psychology, health sciences, nursing and education students.
Supported by a wealth of learning features and additional content, this book will give your students:
- Access to the SAGE companion website which includes interactive quizzes, author selected videos, further reading, glossaries, testbanks and powerpoint slides
- 17 chapters packed with case studies, the latest research and areas of study
- The knowledge and skills to link theory to practice
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Health psychology described
Chapter 2 Methodological approaches in health psychology
Chapter 3 Biological systems and functioning
Chapter 4 The stress process
Chapter 5 Neurobiological stress responses
Chapter 6 Healthy behaviors, unhealthy behaviors, and behavioral change
Chapter 7 Life-style factors
Chapter 8 Cardiovascular illnesses and related disorders
Chapter 9 Diabetes
Chapter 10 Immune-related disorders
Chapter 11 Cancer
Chapter 12 Pain
Chapter 13 Addiction
Chapter 14 Major physical illnesses
Chapter 15 Dealing with illness
Chapter 16 Caregiving, death, and grief
Chapter 17 From molecules, to individuals, to communities, to policy