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Health Psychology

Health Psychology
Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

Third Edition

March 2018 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Health Psychology: Understanding the Mind-Body Connection introduces students to the story of health psychology through clear connections between science and the real world. Using a highly accessible writing style, author Catherine A. Sanderson employs a strong emphasis on the scientific principles and processes underlying the field of health psychology to present balanced coverage of foundational research, cutting-edge research, essential theories, and real-world application. The Third Edition builds on its strong student-oriented pedagogical program, streamlines content, and includes recent studies, pop culture references, and coverage of neuroscience to support student learning and engagement. Students will enjoy reading the text because of its relevance in helping them live long and healthy lives.

List of Features
About the Author
CHAPTER 1. Introduction
Understanding Health Psychology

The History of Health Psychology

The Development of Health Psychology

The Broad Influence of Health Psychology

Working in Health Psychology


CHAPTER 2. Research Methods
Understanding the Scientific Method

Descriptive Research Methods

Experimental Research Methods

Epidemiological Research Methods

Evaluating Research Methods

Understanding Research Ethics


CHAPTER 3. Theories of Health Behavior
Continuum Theories of Health Behavior

Learning Theories of Health Behavior

Stage Models of Health Behavior Change

Creating Health Behavior Change

Personalized Health-Promotion Messages


CHAPTER 4. Understanding Stress
Sources of Stress

Measuring Stress

Models of the Stress Response

Physical Consequences

Additional Effects of Stress


CHAPTER 5. Managing Stress
The Impact of Coping Styles

The Power of Social Support

The Influence of Religion and Spirituality

The Role of Personality

Strategies for Reducing Stress


CHAPTER 6. Injury and Injury Prevention
Understanding Injury

Risk of Injury Across the Lifespan

Understanding Unintentional Injury

Understanding Intentional Injury

Strategies for Preventing Injuries


CHAPTER 7. Substance Use and Abuse
Understanding Smoking

Factors Contributing to Smoking

Understanding Alcohol Use and Abuse

Explanations for Alcohol Abuse

Understanding Drug Use

Strategies for Reducing Substance Abuse


CHAPTER 8. Obesity and Disordered Eating
Understanding Obesity

Psychosocial Factors Contributing to Obesity

Reducing Obesity

Understanding Disordered Eating

Psychosocial Factors Contributing to Disordered Eating

Reducing Disordered Eating


CHAPTER 9. Understanding and Managing Pain
Understanding Pain

The Impact of Psychosocial Factors on Pain

Physical Methods of Managing Pain

Psychological Methods of Managing Pain

The Impact of Placebos on Pain


CHAPTER 10. Understanding and Managing Chronic Illness
Understanding Chronic Diseases

Common Types of Chronic Disease

Consequences of Chronic Disease

Factors Influencing Reactions to Chronic Disease

Strategies for Managing a Chronic Illness


CHAPTER 11. Leading Causes of Mortality: Coronary Heart Disease and Cancer
Coronary Heart Disease

Psychosocial Factors Contributing to Coronary Heart Disease

Strategies for Reducing the Risk of Recurring Heart Attacks


Psychosocial Factors Influencing the Development of Cancer

Factors Influencing Coping With Cancer


CHAPTER 12. Terminal Illness and Bereavement
Early Models of Death and Dying

Managing a Terminal Diagnosis

The Death With Dignity Movement

Understanding Bereavement

Coping With Bereavement


CHAPTER 13. Managing Health Care
Health Screening

Health Care Utilization

The Experience of Hospitalization

Health Care Interactions



CHAPTER 14. Conclusions and Future Directions
Preventing Health Problems

Reducing Health Care Costs

Understanding the Impact of Demographic Factors on Health

Improving International Health

Making Ethical Medical Decisions

In Conclusion


Author Index
Subject Index


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Instructor Resource Site

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  • A Test Bank provides a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • The Instructor's Manual summarizes key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions

Features current content and addresses diversity in the health care and psychology related fields

Professor Sarah Rubinson
Accounting, University of Jamestown
June 1, 2022
Key features
  • Updated real-world examples and photos allow students to easily make connections between the material and their own lives to improve comprehension.
  • New coverage of cutting-edge topics includes the opioid crisis, the right-to-die movement, the increasing rate of deaths caused by injuries, and more.
  • New Focus on Neuroscience boxes feature cutting-edge information on the role of genes, hormones, and the brain on health.
  • New Focus on Diversity boxes address the particular health issues and challenges faced by people from different backgrounds.
  • New Research in Action boxes help students understand how research questions are tested using the scientific method.
  • New Focus on Development boxes include issues that apply across the human lifespan, such as suicide, cancer, homicide, smoking, or stress.
  • An emphasis on diversity (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and culture) includes its role in influencing health-related behavior.
  • Test Yourself features allow students to examine their own scores on the same measures used by researchers.
  • Chapter-ending Information You Can Use boxes describe easy ways for students to apply information presented to their own lives.
  • Embedded biological coverage connects concepts clearly and in a manner that is easy for students to understand.
  • Pedagogical support includes bolded key terms, outlines, a comprehensive glossary, chapter summaries, and more.

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