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Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology

Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology

  • Poul Rohleder - University of Essex, UK, University of East London, UK

May 2012 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This textbook gives a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. Challenging some of the preconceptions of ill-health of the biomedical approach, the book explores how health and illness is often shaped by factors such as culture, poverty, gender and sexuality, and examines how these influences impact on the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness as well as disability. Students are introduced to literature from disciplines other than psychology to provide multiple perspectives on these complex issues.

Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology is a key textbook for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in health or clinical psychology, as well as for students from other disciplines related to health and mental health care.

Introduction: Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
Locating the Field

Understanding Health, Illness and Disability

Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology

Chapter 1: Psychosocial and Critical Models of Health, Illness and Disability
Health, Illness and Psychology

The Biopsychosocial Model

Psychological Models of Mental Health

Sociological Critiques of the Medical Model

Critical Psychology

Chapter 2: Understanding and Changing Health Behaviours
Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Health Behaviours

Ecological Systems Theory

Community and Structural Interventions

Chapter 3: Culture
Dimensions of Culture

Culture and Illness Experience

Culture and Mental Health

Culture, Body Image and Disordered Eating

Culture and Disability

Health Care as Cultural

Chapter 4: Socio-economic Status
SES and Disease

SES and Mental Health

SES and Disability

Homelessness and Health

Explaining SES Health Inequalities

SES and the Professional-Patient Interaction

Chapter 5: Gender
Gender Disparities in Health

Gender and Sexual Health

Gender, Body Image and Disordered Eating

Gender and Mental Health

Gender and Disability

Chapter 6: Sexuality
Homosexuality and the Mental Health Professions

Homosexuality, Ill-Health and Health Care

'African Sexuality' and HIV/AIDS

Sexuality and People with Disabilities

Chapter 7: Research Methods for a Critical Approach to Clinical and Health Psychology
Different Methods in Qualitative Research


Quality in Qualitative Research


Useful and accessable text. Some excellent analysis and discussion opportunities to be drawn for the extended discussions around health/ ill health perspectives and preconceptiuons highlighted in the texts. Health psychology considered and critiqued.

Mrs Tracey Wornast
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
October 4, 2012

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