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Health Psychology

Health Psychology
Well-Being in a Diverse World

Fifth Edition
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August 2023 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What factors determine healthy behavior? Health Psychology: Well-Being in a Diverse World answers this question by introducing and regularly applying research to stress, coping, interventions and health behaviors in today’s world. Speaking directly to students, Regan A. R. Gurung’s conversational voice guides learners through the key determinants of behavior, such as family, environment, ethnicity, and religion. Each chapter delves into the biological foundations of health, presents interdisciplinary case studies, and integrates personality and social psychological theories, fostering a comprehensive grasp of the subject. Continually asking readers to think further, to synthesize, to analyze, and to apply to improve their own health outcomes as they learn, Gurung empowers students through connections to personal experience. The Fifth Edition offers contemporary reference updates, an expanded focus on intersectional topics across cultures, test yourself practice, and much more.

Chapter 1. What Is Health? Cultural and Historical Roots
Chapter 2. Doing Health Psychology: Research Methods
Deepti Karkhanis
Chapter 3. Cultural Approaches to Health
Chapter 4. Essential Physiology
Deepti Karkhanis
Chapter 5. Diverse Understandings of Stress
Deepti Karkhanis
Chapter 6. Coping and Social Support
Amanda ElBassiouny
Chapter 7. Why Don’t We Do What We Need To? Models of Behavior Change
Aurora Sherman
Chapter 8. Health Behaviors: Eating, Being Active, Smoking, and Drinking
Amanda ElBassiouny
Chapter 9. Illness Cognitions, Adherence, and Patient–Practitioner Interactions
Amanda ElBassiouny
Chapter 10. Diverse Approaches to Pain
Kathleen Bogart
Chapter 11. Chronic Illness, Terminal Illness, and Death
Melissa Oxlad
Chapter 12. Psychoneuroimmunology and HIV
Melissa Oxlad
Chapter 13. Cancer: Fundamentals and Cultural Variations
Melissa Oxlad
Chapter 14. Cardiovascular Disease: Fundamentals and Cultural Variations
Chapter 15. Controversies and the Future of Health Psychology


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Comprehensive and diverse information - love the eBook format!

Mr Ian Carson
Psychology Dept, Indiana Univ/Purdue Univ At In
December 2, 2023
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. Learn more.
  • Enhanced cultural emphasis, highlighting the significant role of culture in predicting health outcomes.
  • In-depth exploration of diverse perspectives, featuring contributions from five women scholars of different nationalities, ethnicities, and theoretical backgrounds. Contributing authors to this edition are Dr. Kathleen Bogart, Amanda ElBassiouny, Deepti Karkhanis, Melissa Oxlad, and Aurora Sherman.
  • Updated art work to ensure sensitivity to diverse populations.
  • Updated content to incorporate new research and increased material on diverse populations.
  • Expanded coverage on East Asian participants and diverse cultural approaches to health.
  • New photographs, figures, and graphs, with current examples from recent news events.
  • A unique focus on context—including culture, religion, age, gender, family values, and the region of the country in which one was raised—emphasizes the important role it plays in understanding the precedents of health and health behaviors.
  • Researcher Spotlight features connect chapter research with brief biographical information about the researchers themselves to show how varied and diverse the research contributions are.
  • Measuring Up sections allow students to conduct self-assessments based on measurement tools from the literature, making the material more personally relevant and memorable.
  • Ponder This sections pose questions that prompt students to think about chapter content in relation to their own lives.
  • Essential readings offer further readings comprised of classic articles in the field or contemporary research studies regarding some of the material most cited by health psychologists.
  • Chapter summaries and lists of key terms, concepts, and people give students the opportunity to easily review the material.
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