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Health Psychology

2nd Edition

By Charles Abraham, Mark Conner, Fiona Jones, Daryl O'Connor


328 pages

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The new edition of Health Psychology is the perfect introduction to this rapidly developing field. Throughout the book, the psychological processes that shape health-related behaviors, and affect core functions such as the immune and cardiovascular systems, are clearly explained. These relationships provide the foundation for psychological interventions which can change cognition, perception and behavior, thereby improving health.

The book is split into five sections, and builds to provide a comprehensive overview of the field:

  • the biological basis of health and illness
  • stress and health
  • coping resources: social support and individual differences
  • motivation and behavior
  • relating to patients

Extensively revised to include new material on behavioral change, the role of stress, resilience and social support, recovery from work, and the care of people with chronic disease, the book also includes a range of features which highlight key issues, and engage readers in applying what we have learned from research.

This is essential reading for any undergraduates studying this exciting field for the first time, and the perfect primer for those embarking on postgraduate study.

Table of Contents

Series Preface. Preface. 1. Introduction to health psychology Section 1: Biological bases of health and illness 2. Biopsychosocial pathways to health and illness Section 2: Stress and health 3. Stress theory and research 4. Stress and health in context Section 3: Coping resources: social support and individual differences 5. Coping and social support 6. Personality and health Section 4: Motivation and behaviour 7. Health cognition and health behaviours 8. Changing motivation 9. Changing behaviour Section 5: Relating to patients 10. Relating to patients 11. Future directions, roles and competencies. References. Index

About the Authors

Charles Abraham is Professor of Psychology Applied to Health at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Mark Conner is Professor of Applied Social Psychology at the University of Leeds.

Fiona Jones is Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds.

Daryl O'Connor is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leeds.

About the Series

Topics in Applied Psychology

Topics in Applied Psychology offers a range of accessible, integrated texts ideal for courses in applied psychology. Written by leading figures in the field, they provide a comprehensive academic and professional insight into each topic. They incorporate a range of features to bring psychology to life, including case histories, research methods, ethical debate, and learner activities. The series will provide readers with the tools you need to engage with, enjoy and understand your applied psychology discipline, ultimately ensuring confidence and success in exams as well as a comprehensive grounding in the profession.

Learn more about the series from our interview with Graham Davey!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology