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Health Psychology An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health

ISBN: 9780131962972 | 0131962973
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pearson
Pub. Date: 10/26/2010

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Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approachoffers a critical examination of the biopsychosocial model of health and proposes the use of the ecological model as a more comprehensive explanation of health outcomes; both of which are unique approaches in a health psychology text.#xA0;#xA0; #xA0; The ecological model explores the impact of five systems on individual health outcomes: the individual (including physiology), the family/community, physical and social environments, healthcare systems and health policy.#xA0; Unlike the biopsychological model#xA0; which represents a combination of three fields-biology, psychology and sociology -#xA0; the ecological model#xA0; includes research and findings from medical anthropology, economics, ethnopharmacology, environmental studies, medicine and public health, in addition to biology, psychology and sociology. Thus, it offers a truly interdisciplinary approach to the study of health. #xA0; Finally, the text uniquely examines infectious diseases and chronic illnesses from a local, regional and global perspective. The diverse perspectives illustrate the roles of each of the five systems on health.

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