Should I vaccinate my child? Can we stop ourselves getting cancer? How much can I safely drink? These are the everyday questions that health educators and promoters face from the public, but how should they best be answered? From her extensive experience in health psychology Marian Pitts provides an overview of the latest research in the area of preventive health and questions some underlying assumptions in current practice. The Psychology of Preventive Health is written for students and health professionals interested in widening their perspectives on issues concerning primary health care.
`…this well written book, with its comprehensive and up to date references, will act as an excellent introductory text and resource for those involved in preventive health.' - Simon Enright, British Medical Journal
'The whole feel of this book is that it has been written by someone who has a good grasp of the key psychological questions posed in this area and a comfortable familiarity with some of the theoretical models psychologists spend their time trying to get their heads around. This is reflected by the confident and relaxed style of the narrative which I found very refreshing and readable.' - The Psychologist, September 1997
1. What is Preventive Health? 2. Vaccination 3. Screening and Health Checks 4. Lifestyle Research 5. Sexual Health 6. Psychoneuroimmunology 7. Accidents and Injuries 8. Blaming the Victim?