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Key Concepts in Health Psychology

Key Concepts in Health Psychology

February 2008 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Key Concepts in Health Psychology aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the key issues, theories, models, and methods in contemporary health psychology. It allows the reader the opportunity to engage with a full range of approaches and methods in a very diverse field, and importantly to be able to appreciate the relationships between these.

While current textbooks in health psychology offer the reader some conceptual reasoning about different aspects of the discipline, there is no one source which provides an accessible, navigable, and cross-referenced analysis of the major models and ideas. The influences and foundations of this important field are vast and sometimes challenging for students studying it in various disciplines. This textbook presents the core bases of the field in a manner that should make teaching and learning more inviting and exciting.

Key Concepts in Health Psychology is a core textbook for all undergraduate and graduate students taking Health Psychology for the first time, and strongly recommended to students taking the course in Allied Health and Medical disciplines.

Defining Health Psychology
Research Methods and Measurement
Social Cognitive Models
Biological and Physiological Models
Individual Differences and Habit
Illness-related and Sick Role Beliefs
Acute and Chronic Illness
Addictive Behaviours
Health Promotion and Intervention

'...the book serves as a 'one stop' comprehensive and conceptual analysis of key issues in contemporary health psychology...readers will find it easy to master the key concepts in a short time and this assists readers to further explore the advanced issues and problems in health psychology. All in all, Key Concepts in Health psychology is an excellent health psychology textbook'
Simpson Wong
Psychology: Learning & Teaching

this book provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to health psychology. Encompassing the biological and psychosocial elements, I recommend this text not just for psychology undergraduates, but all allied health programmes. I am using this resource for undergraduate physiotherapy and speech and language therapy students

Miss Clair Tourish
Department of Health Professions, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 9, 2020

This is a good introductory book which is well laid out and easy to read.

Ms Elaina Taylor
Psychology , West Suffolk College
December 10, 2015

Gives solid basis for course

Mrs Marcia Louise Dewar
health and social sciences, Bradford College
September 7, 2015

Excellent up to date book with relevant issues that can be used for debates or research topics for all psychology students interested in health psychology.
The book coveres interesting aspects of health psychology and is easy to read and very informative.Outstanding book.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
July 8, 2013

We have reccomended this book for our MSc in Addiction Studies. It provides an important context to the addiction-specific material that our students receive.

Dr Kyle Dyer
Addictions, Kings College
May 14, 2013

We have recomended this text as a resource on health psychology for this distance education addictions masters.

Dr Kyle Dyer
Addictions, Kings College
May 14, 2013

The book is very clear and friendly user. Key concepts are covered and some challenging theories are included.
I highly recommended this book, Dr Alberto Corizzo

Dr Alberto Corizzo
Department of Social Work and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University
October 10, 2010

Chapter 8 offers a good introduction into acute and chronic pain. It is note detailed enough for the purpose of our teaching module though.

Professor Andrej Stancak
Department of Psychology, Liverpool University
September 14, 2010

"Key Concepts in Health Psychology" is a highly relevant book offering up-to-date academic theories and a good overview over the field of health psychology.

Miss Andrea Wucherpfennig
Psychology, University of Hamburg
July 12, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

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PDF of Chapter Five

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