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A Biopsychosocial Approach to Health

A Biopsychosocial Approach to Health
From Cell to Society

First edition

December 2023 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This unique text takes a holistic approach to show you how different biological and medical aspects of health operate at the cellular level all the way up to the societal level, and back again.
It explains key biological aspects of health at the cellular level (such as epigenetics and oxidative stress) to give you a solid understanding of how health is created in the context of the person, before working upwards to examine public health issues ranging from cardiovascular disease to unemployment and loneliness. Throughout the text, you will encounter a diverse range of cross-cultural examples, real-world scenarios and key questions which will help you put the theories and cell-to-society perspective you have learned into practice. 

With interdisciplinary perspectives from psychoneuroimmunology and epidemiology, this book offers an integrated consideration of health and its biopsychosocial determinants. It is a must-read for students of health psychology, applied psychology, nursing, and public health. 

Rachel C. Sumner is a psychobiologist and chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and a senior research fellow at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

Chapter 1: The Cell
Chapter 2: The Person
Chapter 3: The Population
Chapter 4: The Cell-To-Society Of The Life Course
Chapter 5: Psychobiology: A primer For PNI, PNE, And PNEI
Chapter 6: Stress At The Person Level
Chapter 7: Stress At Population Level
Chapter 8: Epidemiological Perspectives: Public Health
Chapter 9: The Social Determinants Of Public Health
Chapter 10: Applying Interdisciplinary Knowledge To Non-Communicable Disease: The Cell-To-Society Of Cardiovascular Disease
Chapter 11: Applying Interdisciplinary Knowledge To Communicable Disease: The Cell-To-Society Of Covid-19

This book explores the varying influences on health and wellbeing and will encourage students to consider a wider range of perspectives in their clinical reasoning when assessing people and working with service users.

Mrs Helen Chilvers
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
December 12, 2023

Excellent text book for teaching at Levels 4 and 5. The narrative is accessible and easy to understand. Topics are approached in a systematic fashion and encompass all elements of health and social care. Lots packed in to a small but effective text book. I will use it on several different modules to aid my teaching and recommend to students as a generic book for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

Ms Angela Woods
Dept of Health & Social Studies, Bolton University
February 27, 2024

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