Originally published in 1984, the study of psychological aspects of health was a rapidly expanding enterprise. Most of the contributors to this volume were trained as social psychologists or by social psychologists. Some have been more applied in their focus or on the edge of several fields. All, however, share a common approach, focusing on the individual as he or she is buffeted about by social forces and copes with these forces. All consider situational and psychological factors in the determination of behavior, emotion, or cognition and all apply their expertise to the study of health-related issues.
The grouping of the chapters in this volume by the authors’ subspecialty, social psychology, is a somewhat unconventional method of clustering. Ordinarily, the materials presented here would be published in journals or texts concerned with behavior or psychosocial in health and medicine, or in specialty publications dealing with a particular disease or health issue. That clustering of articles is functional in providing information to those most likely to utilize it, but it diffuses the origin and background of the studies. These chapters speak to the diversity of health issues that are amenable to successful social psychological analysis.
Preface. 1. The Developing Field of Health Psychology Shelley E. Taylor 2. Social Psychological Models of Health Behavior: An Examination and Intergration Barbara Strudier Wallston and Kenneth A. Wallston 3. Practitioners, Patients, and Compliance with Medical Regimens: A Social Psychological Perspective D. Dante DiNicola and M. Robin DiMatteo 4. A Three-Stage Model of Treatment Continuity: Compliance, Adherence, and Maintenance Jean L. Kristeller and Judith Rodin 5. Improving Adherence to Medical Recommendations: Prescriptive Hypotheses Derived from Recent Research in Social Psychology Irving L. Janis 6. Preferences for Self-Care and Involvement in Health Care Roy Clymer, Andrew Baum and David S. Krantz 7. Psychological Interventions and Coping with Surgery Jean E. Johnson 8. Accuracy of Symptom Perception James W. Pennebaker 9. Illness Representations and Coping with Health Threats Howard Leventhal, David R. Nerenz and David J. Steele 10. Social Support, Stress, and the Buffering Hypothesis: A Theoretical Analysis Sheldon Cohen and Garth McKay 11. The Role of Social Support in Coping with Chronic or Life-Threatening Illness Jerome E. Singer and Diana Lord 12. Life Changes, Moderators of Stress, and Health Irwin G. Sarason and Barbara R. Sarason 13. Deterring Cigarette Smoking in Adolescents: A Psychosocial-Behavioral Analysis of an Intervention Strategy Richard I. Evans, Constance K. Smith and Bettye E. Raines 14. Institutional Relocation and its Impact on Mortality, Morbidity, and Psychosocial Status Marvin J. Horowitz and Richard Schultz. Author Index. Subject Index.
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