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The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology)


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The flaws in today's healthcare systems and practices are well-documented: millions remain far from optimal health due to a variety of psychological and social factors; large numbers of patients do not fully cooperate with medical advice; errors in medical decision-making — some stemming from flaws in interpersonal relations — regularly lead to needless suffering and death. Further, the effects of emotions, personality, and motivation on healing are not well incorporated into traditional medical care.

The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology compiles the most relevant scholarship from psychology, medicine, and public health to offer a thorough and authoritative model of the biopsychosocial approach to health. A collection of international contributors addresses all relevant concepts in this model, including its applications to health promotion, health behavior change, and treatment.

Book News Annotation:

It is evidence of the importance of the new field of health psychology that it warrants this volume in the prestigious series of Oxford Handbooks. Presenting the state of research, the 35 chapters are divided into five sections; foundations, core concepts, core issues, health behaviors and change, and population and sociocultural issues. The focus on methodology and practice of the initial two sections will be particularly useful to beginning practitioners and graduate students. Editor Howard S. Friedman (psychology, U. of California, Riverside) has contributed a chapter on personality, disease, and self-healing and the concluding chapter describing future trends in addition to co-authoring the chapter on the field's intellectual roots with Nancy E. Adler (U. of California, San Francisco). As is typical for the series, the material is clearly and thoughtfully presented, with an abstract, list of keywords, and bibliography in each chapter, with the text presented in outline form, clearly dividing a substantial body of information into accessible parts. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside. Major awards for his health psychology research include the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, its most prestigious award in the field of applied scientific research. Author or editor of a dozen books and 150 scientific articles, Dr. Friedman graduated from Yale and was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship for his doctoral work at Harvard.

Table of Contents

Part One: Background, History, and Methods

1. The Intellectual Roots of Health Psychology

Howard S. Friedman and Nancy E. Adler

2. A History of the Development of Health Psychology

Wade Pickren and Silvia Degni

3. Measurement in Health Psychology Research

Timothy W. Smith

4. Designing and Conducting Interventions to Enhance Physical and Mental Health Outcomes

J. Lee Westmaas, Virginia Gil-Rivas, and Roxane C. Silver

5. Uncertainty, Variability, and Resource Allocation in the Health Care Decision Process

Robert M. Kaplan

Part Two: Core Concepts in Health Psychology

6. The Brain, Homeostasis, and Health: Balancing Demands of the Internal and External Milieu

John T. Cacioppo and Gary G. Berntson

7. Psychoneuroimmunology

Margaret E. Kemeny

8. Stress, Coping, and Health

Charles S. Carver and Sara Vargas

9. Social Support

Shelley E. Taylor

10. Personality, Disease, and Self-healing

Howard S. Friedman

11. Adjustment to Chronic Disease: Progress and Promise in Research

Annette L. Stanton and Tracey A. Revenson

12. Social Comparison Processes: Implications for Physical Health

Jerry Suls

13. Health and Illness Perceptions

Yael Benyamimi

Part Three: Core Issues in Clinical Health

14. Physician-Patient Communication

Judith A. Hall and Debra L. Roter

15. Aging and Health

Karen Rook, Susan Turk Charles, and Jutta Heckhausen

16. Chronic Pain: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Practice

Beverly Thorn

17. Coping with Cancer

Vanessa Malcarne

18. Expressive Writing, Emotional Upheavals, and Health

James W. Pennebaker and Cindy K. Chung

19. Beyond the Myths of Coping with Loss: Prevailing Assumptions versus Scientific Evidence

Camille Wortman and Kathrin Boerner

20. Family Consultation for Couples Coping with Health Problems: A Social Cybernetic Approach

Michael J. Rohrbaugh and Varda Shoham

21. Childhood Health and Chronic Illness

Barbara Tinsley

22. Transplantation

Mary Amanda Dew and Andrea F. DiMartini


Lydia Temoshok

Part Four: Health Behaviors and Change

24. Health Behavior Change

Ralf Schwarzer

25. Advancing Health Behavior Theory: The Interplay among Theories of Health Behavior, Empirical Modeling of Health Behavior, and Behavioral Interventions

Leona Aiken

26. The Perception of Health Risks

Britta Renner and Harald Schupp

27. Physical Activity

Dawn Wilson

28. Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders

Kenneth J. Sher, Amelia Talley, Andrew K. Littlefield, and Julia Martinez

29. Obesity

Emily L. Van Walleghen, Betsy A. Steeves, and Hollie A. Raynor

30. Dispositional Optimism, Psychophysiology, and Health

Suzanne Segerstrom

Part Five: Population and Socio-Cultural Issues

31. Community Health

Marta Gil Lacruz

32. Latino Health

John Ruiz and Patrick Steffen

33. Two Decades of Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Implications for Health

Irina L. G. Todorova

34. Asian Meditation and Health

Yosuke Sakairi, Genji Sugamura, and Masao Suzuki

35. Health Consequences of Social Relationships in Non-human Primates

John P. Capitanio

Part Six: Conclusion

36. Conclusion: The Achievements and Promise of Health Psychology

Howard S. Friedman

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Friedman, Howard S
Oxford University Press, USA
Friedman, Howard S.
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Clinical Psychology
Psychology, Social.
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
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