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Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness

Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness

January 2011 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness is an accessible and engaging introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body across a broad range of topics including infectious illness, autoimmunity, cancer and pain. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, it brings together research from a number of disciplines including health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral genetics.

Students are encouraged to consider how advances in psychobiological research can help us to uncover the true complexity of links between psychological, biological and social processes with respect to implications for health and how such advances can inform the development of interventions and treatment approaches. The textbook presents established theoretical models relevant to psychobiological processes in health and illness, as well as recent developments in systems, technologies and intervention methods. Key terms are defined throughout in order to provide a truly accessible introduction to this fascinating field.

This book is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students in health psychology, nursing, applied medicine and related disciplines.

The Mind-Body Connection
Changing Conceptualisations of Mind and Body
Emerging Disciplines
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
The Link between Stress and Illness
The History of the Stress Concept
Cognitive Models
Biological Models
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Positive Processes in Health and Illness
From Stress to Emotion
Emotion, Coping and Health
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
A Healthy Disposition
How Do Genes Influence Health?
Genetic Advances and Identifying Disease Genes
Predictive Genetic Testing
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
What Is Pain?
Theories of Pain
Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Pain
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
At-Risk Populations
Socio-Economic Status and Health
People with Psychiatric Illness
Older People
Long-Term Caregivers
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Psychobiological Interventions
Coping-Based Approaches
Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Methodological Issues in Psychobiological Research
How Can We Determine Whether or not Psychological Factors Influence Health?
Designing and Evaluating Health Interventions
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading
Summary and Future Directions
What Have We Learned so Far?
What Questions Have We Yet to Adequately Address?
Technological Advances
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Further Reading

A fantastic contribution to health psychology. My PhD students and medical students are instructed to read it (not often I recommend books these days). It feels like the field has been waiting for this for a long time
Dr Lis Cordingley
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Manchester

An engaging and well written health psychology textbook with a strong psychobiological focus
Dr Daryl O'Connor
University of Leeds

This is an excellent resource for learners studying the 'Abnormal Psychology' module on our Access to Health Professions programme; clear and interesting perspectives on the interrelationship between mind and body. I have also recommended this to the library.

Ms Elaine Burston
Education, Epping Forest College
October 30, 2019

The understanding of close link between psychological and biological factors is essential to the management of interventions that promote health and wellbeing.

Dr Teresa C. D'Oliveira
Psychology , King's College London
September 10, 2016

Its a great resource to the Society and Medicine course taught to medical students in Zambia.

Ms Njinga Kankinza
School of medicine, Copperbelt University
February 8, 2015

The discussion in the book is both engaging and practical as it covers the relationship between the psychological and biological factors of health and illness, allowing for a better understanding of the complexity of health and illness.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
June 5, 2014

This is a very thorough textbook which covers the psychobiological aspects of Health Psychology very well. I will be recommending this text to my students (in addition to other texts for the non-biological components of the module).

Dr Michael Smith
Psychology, Northumbria University
April 10, 2013

excellent, well written at a level which the students could understand.

Ms Emma Parker
Access To Health, Birmingham Metropolitan College
December 6, 2012

welll written, very informative and essential for nursing students and professionals

Mrs Laureen Hemming
Dept of Nursing & Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
November 28, 2012

This book has been included into the reading list of our undergraduate OT and PT programmes.

Dr Lesley Collier
School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, Southampton University
August 29, 2012

This is a clearly written text that adds depth and breadth to existing core and recommended materials for the level

Ms Colleen Maclean
Perth College, UHI Millennium Institute
June 20, 2012

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Chapter 1: The Mind-Body Connection

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