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Families and Health

Families and Health

Second Edition

April 2013 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This interdisciplinary text examines five different components of family health--biology, behavior, social-cultural circumstances, the environment, and health care--and the ways they affect the abilities of family members to perform well in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Special awareness is paid to health disparities among individuals, families, groups, regions, and nations. The author discusses how health of individual families influences our local, national, and global communities. Families and Health argues that family health is not a privilege for the few, but a personal, national, and global right and responsibility.

Introduction: Families and Their Health
Chapter 1. Family Health: Definitions and Determinants
Case 1.1 Tyra: Influences on Family Health

The Status of American Families’ Health

Overweight and Obese

Access to Health Care

Uninsured and Underinsured

Family Health Concept: From Insularism to Interdisciplinary

Reconnecting Mind-Body-Spirit in Health Care

The Biopsychosocial Model and Beyond

General Systems and Related Family Health Theories

Summary and Book Organization

Critical Thinking Questions

Chapter 2. Biology and Family Health: Epigenetics and Beyond
Epigenetic Inheritance Research and Family Health

Multifactorial Inheritance Disorders

Race, Ethnicity and Genetics in Health Disparities

Family Health Histories

Case 2.1 Victoria and Hope: Breast Cancer in the Family

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI)

Families’ Adaptations to Chronic Illnesses

Family Health and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD

Family Caregivers

Loss, Dying, and Death – Part of Family Health

Case 2.3 Tylor and Maria: Gone Without Goodbye

Case 2.4 Josh: Dying Well


Critical Thinking Questions

Chapter 3. Behavior Patterns: Families’ Health Choices
Interactive Nature of Family Health Behaviors

Family Health Promotion – “Health Work”

An Ecological Approach

Health Behavior Theories and Models

Intrapersonal Models

Interpersonal Approaches

Community-Based Approaches


Critical Thinking Questions

Chapter 4. Social Determinants and Family Health
Health Disparities Among Families

Infant Mortality

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Type 2 Diabetes


HIV Infection and AIDS


Mental Illness

Discrimination, Stigmatization, and Health

Family Relationships and Mental Health

Health Education: Families, Schools, and Communities Collaborations


Critical Thinking Questions

Chapter 5. Environmental Exposures and Global Family Health
The Global Burden of Infectious Disease

The HIV/AIDS Pandemic

HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination

The Global Reach of Pollution

Internal Environmental Exposures: Imbalances in Biological Flora

External Environmental Exposures: The Global Tobacco Epidemic

Deeper Health Impacts: Air Pollution and DNA

Work Environments and Global Family Health

Women in the Workplace

Psychosocial Work Environment

Work-to-Family and Family-to-Work Conflicts

Smart Workplaces: Just for the Health of It


Critical Thinking Questions

Chapter 6. Health Care and Families
Underinsured Families: Paying Too Much and Getting Too Little

Dental Health Coverage, Not a Frill

Globalization of Health Care and Medical Travel

An Ailing Health System on the Mend?

Healthy Lives





Health Care Reform and Redesign

Affordable and Equitable Access

Higher Quality and Efficiency in Delivery Performance

Greater Accountability, Leadership, and Reorganization in Health Care

Geisinger-Like Health System: Translating Knowledge into Action


Critical Thinking Questions

Final Summary Comments

For instructors

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