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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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
Critical Thinking Questions

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

 
Infant Mortality

 
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

 
Type 2 Diabetes

 
Cancers

 
HIV Infection and AIDS

 
Immunizations

 
Mental Illness

 
Discrimination, Stigmatization, and Health

 
Family Relationships and Mental Health

 
Health Education: Families, Schools, and Communities Collaborations

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Access

 
Equity

 
Quality

 
Efficiency

 
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

 
Summary

 
Critical Thinking Questions

 
 
Final Summary Comments
 
References
 
Index

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