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Handbook of Health Psychology

Second Edition

Edited by Andrew Baum, Tracey A. Revenson, Jerome Singer

© 2012 – Psychology Press

908 pages

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Considered the most comprehensive handbook in the field, this rich resource reviews the biological, psychological, and social factors that affect health, health behavior, and illness. Many chapters review the latest theories and research while others illustrate how research is translated into clinical and community interventions to improve physical health and emotional well-being. Chapters examine health behavior processes within the social contexts in which we live, including family, social, and cultural communities. The handbook cuts across concepts (behavior change), populations (women’s health), risk and protective factors (obesity) and diseases, making it appropriate for a variety of readers from various fields.

Featuring contributions from the top researchers and rising stars in the field, each author provides a theoretical foundation, evaluates the empirical evidence, and makes suggestions for future research, clinical practice, and/or policy. Novices to the field appreciate the accessibly written chapters, while seasoned professionals appreciate the book’s deep, cutting edge coverage.

Significantly updated throughout, the new edition reflects the latest approaches to health psychology today:

  • greater emphasis on translating research into practice and policy
  • more on the socio-cultural aspects of health including socioeconomic status, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and aging
  • two new sections on risk and protective factors for disease and another on social and structural influences that affect health
  • more on prevention, interventions, and treatment in the applications section
  • an expansion of the bio-psycho-social model across several levels of analysis, including cultural, macro-social, and cellular factors.

The book opens with the field’s central theories, emphasizing the interaction of biological and social systems. Part II reviews the mechanisms that help explain the link between health and behavior across diseases and populations. The all new Part III focuses on variables that lead to the onset of major diseases or that are instrumental in promoting health. Part IV, also new to the second edition, highlights social and structural influences on health. The book concludes with applications of research to specific illnesses and medical conditions.

The Handbook serves as a text in graduate or upper level undergraduate courses in health psychology taught in psychology, public health, medical sociology, medicine, nursing, and other social and allied health sciences. Its cutting edge, comprehensive coverage also appeals to researchers and practitioners in these fields.


"The second edition of the Handbook … is an important update to the expanding field of health psychology. It is comprehensive, covering a rich array of topics with depth and breadth. This resource will be of great value to all those interested in a scholarly overview of health psychology." - Anne E. Kazak, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania, USA, Editor, Health Psychology

"This volume doesn't simply update the literature since the last edition, but has a more ambitious purpose. It provides us with new concepts, theories, and levels of analysis. It's a tour-de-force and immensely useful." - Nancy Adler, University of California, San Francisco, USA

"This book is an authoritative and comprehensive handbook of the major and active areas of health psychology research. It is an essential reference for graduate students, researchers and practitioners in the health psychology field." - Keith J. Petrie, University of Auckland, New Zealand

"This is an important and timely book. It includes the most up to date coverage of the major topics in health psychology by the leading scientists in the field. It is a fitting tribute to the vision of Andrew Baum." - Shelley E. Taylor, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

"The authors chosen for the chapters … are the "who’s who" in health psychology. … It serves as an excellent reference tool. … The book will make a significant contribution to the field." - Beverly E. Thorn, University of Alabama, USA

"In terms of theoretical and research contributions, this book is far ahead of its competitors. … Contributors are seminal scholars in the field of health psychology. … I would adopt the … revision for a graduate seminar of upper level graduate students." – Cheryl A. Armstead, University of South Carolina and SC Cancer Prevention and Control, USA

"A comprehensive look at the vibrant and exciting field of health psychology by some of our top scholars. Each chapter provides a strong theoretical foundation for current empirical findings before discussing clinical implications and future research." - Michael M. Steele, Auburn University, USA

Table of Contents

T.A. Revenson, Introduction. Part 1. Overarching Frameworks and Paradigms. H. Leventhal, S. Bodnar-Deren, J.Y. Breland, J. Hash-Converse, L.A. Phillips, E.A. Leventhal, L.D. Cameron, Modeling Health and Illness Behavior: The Approach of the Common Sense Model. J.R. Jennings, V. Egizio, How Psychophysiology Contributes to Health Psychology. A. Luegey Dougall, A. Baum, Stress, Health and Illness. M.F. Scheier, C.S. Carver, G.H. Armstrong, Behavioral Self-regulation, Health and Illness. K. Glanz, M.C. Kegler, Processes of Health Behavior Change. L.S. Aiken, M.A. Gerend, K.M. Jackson, K.W. Ranby, Subjective Risk and Health Protective Behavior: Prevention and Early Detection. Part 2. Cross-cutting Issues. D. Turk, H.D. Wilson, K.S. Swanson, Psychological and Physiological Bases of Chronic Pain. J. Smyth, J.W. Pennebaker, D. Arigo, What are the Health Effects of Disclosure? T.A. Revenson, S.J. Lepore, Coping in Social Context. M.A. Hoyt, A. Stanton, Adjustment to Chronic Illness. S.I. McClelland, Measuring Sexual Quality of Life: Ten Recommendations for Health Psychologists. J Dunbar-Jacob, E. Schlenk, M. McCall, Patient Adherence to Treatment Regimens. L.M. Martire, R. Schulz, Caregiving and Care-receiving in Later Life: Health Effects and Promising Interventions. Part 3. Risk and Protective Factors. N.E. Grunberg, S. Shafer Berger, A.K. Starosciak, Tobacco Use: Psychology, Neurobiology, and Clinical Implication. R. Wing, S. Phelan, Obesity. G. Brassington, E.B. Hekler, Z. Cohen, A.C. King, Health Enhancing Physical Activity. T.W. Smith, L.C. Gallo, S. Shivpuri, A.L. Brewer, Personality and Health: Current Issues and Emerging Perspectives. C. Park, Meaning, Spirituality, and Growth: Protective and Resilience Factors in Health and Illness. C. Dunkel Schetter, M. Lobel, Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes: A Multi-level Analysis of Prenatal Maternal Stress and Birth Weight. T. Wills, M.G. Ainette, Social Networks and Social Support. M.A. Alderfer, C.M. Stanley, Health and Illness in the Context of the Family. Part 4. Macro-level and Structural Influences on Health. V.S. Helgeson, Gender and Health: A Social Psychological Perspective. J.M. Ruiz, C.C. Prather, P. Steffen, Socioeconomic Status and Health. E. Brondolo, S. Lackey, E. Love, Race and Health: Racial Disparities in Hypertension and Links Between Racism and Health. I.H. Meyer, The Health of Sexual Minorities. I. Siegler, M.F. Elias, H.B. Bosworth, Aging and Health. Part 5. Applications of Health Psychology. J.D. Betensky, R.J. Contrada, D.C. Glass, Psychosocial Factors in Cardiovascular Disease: Emotional States, Conditions, and Attributes. S.P. Newman, S.P. Hirani, J. Stygall, T. Fteropoulli, Treatment in Cardiovascular Disease. N. Schneiderman, K. Orth-Gomer, Randomized Clinical Trials: Psychosocial-behavioral Interventions for Cardiovascular Disease. L.A. Faul, P.B. Jacobsen, Psychosocial Interventions for People with Cancer. A.L. Marsland, E.A. Bachen, S. Cohen, Stress, Immunity and Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Infectious Disease. S. Danoff-Burg, A.H. Seawell, Psychological Processes in Rheumatic Disease. M.H. Antoni, A.W. Carrico, Psychological and Bio-behavioral Processes in HIV Disease. V. Mays, R.M. Maas, J. Ricks, S.D. Cochran, HIV and African American Women in the U.S. South: A Social Determinants Approach to Population-level HIV Prevention and Intervention Efforts.

About the Editors

Andrew Baum was Jenkins Garrett Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) at the time of his death on November 22, 2010. Dr. Baum received multiple awards from professional organizations such as the Division of Health Psychology of APA (Early Career and Senior Investigator Awards) and the Society of Behavioral Medicine (Outstanding Service). Dr. Baum served as editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research as well as associate editor of Psychological Bulletin. A past President of the APA’s Division of Health Psychology, he authored more than 250 refereed journal articles, books, book chapters, and abstracts.

Tracey A. Revenson is Professor of Psychology and Deputy Executive Officer at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Trained as a one of the first generation of health psychologists, she brings a social ecological perspective to research on stress and coping processes among individuals, couples, and families facing chronic physical illnesses. She is the author or editor of seven volumes, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior and Policy. She currently serves as Associate Editor of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and she served as President of the Division of Health Psychology of APA in 2004-2005.

Jerome Singer was Emeritus Professor, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences until his death on April 21, 2010. As Chairman of this Department from 1974-1999, he founded one of the first health psychology departments and, with Andrew Baum, one of the first health psychology doctoral programs in the U.S. Dr. Singer received numerous honors, including an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Stockholm and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the Division of Health Psychology of APA. He served as President of the Division of Health Psychology in 1981-1982.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Reference
MEDICAL / Education & Training
MEDICAL / Health Policy
MEDICAL / Holistic Medicine
MEDICAL / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Practice Management