Self-regulation theory focuses on the ways in which individuals direct and monitor their activities and emotions in order to attain their goals. It plays an increasingly important role in health psychology research.
The Self-regulation of Health and Illness Behaviour presents an up-to-date account of the latest developments in the field. Individual contributions cover a wide range of issues including representational beliefs about chronic illness, cultural influences on illness representations, the role of anxiety and defensive denial in health-related experiences and behaviours, the contribution of personality, and the social dynamics underlying gender differences in adaptation to illness. Particular attention is given to the implications for designing effective health interventions and messages. Integrating theoretical and empirical developments, this text provides both researchers and professionals with a comprehensive review of self-regulation and health.
Table of Contents
b1. Introduction Part One: Foundations of Self-Regulation Theory 2. a Common-Sense Model of Illness Cognition and Behaviour 3. Social Cognition, Self-Regulation of Health and Illness Behaviour 4. Current Issues in the Self-Regulation of Health and Illness Behaviour Part Two: Cognitive Representations of Illness 5. Representations of Chronic Illnesses 6. Representational Beliefs about Psychosomatic Illnesses 7. Cross-Cultural Research on Illness Representations 8. Illness Perceptions of Partners and Caregivers: Impact on the Experiences of the Patient Part Three: Coping Procedures and Appraisal Processes 9. Beliefs about Medications and Treatment: Influences on Adherence and Well-Being 10. Personality Influences on Health-Related Coping and Appraisals 11. Social Factors Influencing Appraisal Processes Part Four: Concrete-Emotional Processes 12. Emotional Distress: Impact on Illness Appraisals and Responses to Health Threats 13. Affect Regulation, Defensive Denial, and Responses to Health Threats 14. Age-Related Changes in Affect Regulation: Impact on Illness-Related Behaviours Part Five: 15. Interventions for Improving Disease Control and recovery 16. Cognitive-Affective Interventions for Facilitating Effective Decision-Making in the Use of Genetic Testing 17. Interventions for Increasing the Use of Cancer Screening Services