3rd Edition

Health Psychology An Interdisciplinary Approach

By Deborah Fish Ragin Copyright 2018

    This textbook takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying health psychology. It examines five systems that affect individual health outcomes: individual, family/community, social/physical environment, healthcare systems, and health policy. While grounded in psychology, it incorporates perspectives from anthropology, biology, economics, environmental studies, medicine, public health, and sociology. The social ecological perspective on health psychology creates a depth of understanding of the diverse facets of health. This text also examines health from a global perspective by exploring the impact of infectious and chronic illnesses locally, regionally and globally.

    This new edition includes updated statistics and references throughout, a new chapter on psychoneuroimmunology, and significant changes and updates to the chapters on health care systems and risky health behaviors. It will be of particular interest to undergraduate students.

    For additional resources, consult http://routledge.com/9781138201309, where instructors will find downloadable lecture slides, instructor manual, and testbank.

    1. An Interdisciplinary View of Health
    2. Research Methods
    3. Global Communicable and Chronic Disease
    4. Theories and Models of Health Behavior Change
    5. Risky Health Behaviors
    6. Emotional Health and Well-Being
    7. Stress and Coping
    8. Psychoneuroimmunology
    9. Cardiovascular Disease
    10. Chronic Pain Management and Arthritis
    11. Cancer
    12. Health Care Systems and Health Policy: Effects on Health Outcomes
    13. The Health Psychologist’s Role: Research, Application, and Advocacy


    Deborah Fish Ragin is Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University. She served as an Assistant Professor on the faculties of Hunter College, City University of New York, and as Assistant Research Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine) before joining Montclair State. She also served as an American Psychological Association Representative to the United Nations, focusing on the psychosocial impact of HIV/AIDS.

    'There is no better health psychology book on the market with an ecological perspective.' —Ellen Langer, Harvard University, USA

    'Within the pages of Ragin’s Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 3rd edition, the fascinating complexity of human health is depicted through a social ecological framework that seamlessly integrates the many individual, social, institutional, and structural factors influencing the health of individuals and populations, artfully rendered through accessible coverage of judiciously selected research and illuminating real-world examples, including both historical and current events from across the globe. After nearly two decades of teaching health psychology to undergraduate students, the release of this edition may very well displace my longstanding text selection.'  —Susan E. Walch, The University of West Florida, USA