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Health psychology is the scientific study of psychological processes related to health and health care. Although the field is only 25 years old, it has burgeoned into a major scientific and clinical discipline. Health psychology has excellent scientific journals, thousands of scientists andpractitioners, and many students. Yet, there has not been a sufficient statement or explication of the foundational concepts upon which this flourishing field is built. Foundations of Health Psychology brings together top experts to provide a much-needed conceptual base for this rapidly expanding field. Rather than take a medical model approach, the volume examines health psychology from a theoretical, conceptual, and psychological perspective. After presentingan overview of the field's history and methods, the contributors address core concepts of the biopsychosocial approach to health and then discuss applications to health promotion and illness prevention and treatment. Providing a deep understanding of the intellectual foundations of health psychology, this volume will be invaluable for both new and experienced researchers, as well as students and other scholars seeking a firm basis for successful research and practice.
Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). His research is focused on lifespan psychosocial predictors and mediators of health and longevity. Dr. Friedman is the recipient of the career award for "Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology" from the American Psychological Association (Division 38) and winner of UCR's Distinguished Teaching Award. Roxane Cohen Silver is Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She studies how individuals cope with stressful life experiences, such as loss of a spouse or child, divorce, childhood sexual abuse, physical disability, natural disaster, and terrorism. Dr. Silver has been an advisor to the US Department of Homeland Security and has received UCI's Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
The History and Background of Health Psychology
Measurement in Health Psychology Research
Designing and Implementing Interventions to Promote Health and Prevent Illness
Core Concepts Of The Biopsychosocial Approach To Health
The Brain, Homeostasis, and Health: Balancing Demands of the Internal and External Milieu
Stress, Coping and Health
Personality, Disease, and Self-healing
Applications To Health Promotion And Effective Treatment
Adjustment to Chronic Disease: Progress and Promise in Research
Aging and Health
Expressive Writing, Emotional Upheavals, and Health
Reactions to the Death of a Loved One: Beyond the Myths of Coping with Loss
Uncertainty, Variability and Resource Allocation in the Healthcare Decision Process
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