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Health Psychology

Health Psychology
Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

Third Edition
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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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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.
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