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Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology



May 2012 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This textbook gives a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. Challenging some of the preconceptions of ill-health of the biomedical approach, the book explores how health and illness is often shaped by factors such as culture, poverty, gender and sexuality, and examines how these influences impact on the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness as well as disability. Students are introduced to literature from disciplines other than psychology to provide multiple perspectives on these complex issues.

Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology is a key textbook for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in health or clinical psychology, as well as for students from other disciplines related to health and mental health care.


 
Introduction: Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
Locating the Field

 
Understanding Health, Illness and Disability

 
Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology

 
 
Chapter 1: Psychosocial and Critical Models of Health, Illness and Disability
Health, Illness and Psychology

 
The Biopsychosocial Model

 
Psychological Models of Mental Health

 
Sociological Critiques of the Medical Model

 
Critical Psychology

 
 
Chapter 2: Understanding and Changing Health Behaviours
Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Health Behaviours

 
Ecological Systems Theory

 
Community and Structural Interventions

 
 
Chapter 3: Culture
Dimensions of Culture

 
Culture and Illness Experience

 
Culture and Mental Health

 
Culture, Body Image and Disordered Eating

 
Culture and Disability

 
Health Care as Cultural

 
 
Chapter 4: Socio-economic Status
SES and Disease

 
SES and Mental Health

 
SES and Disability

 
Homelessness and Health

 
Explaining SES Health Inequalities

 
SES and the Professional-Patient Interaction

 
 
Chapter 5: Gender
Gender Disparities in Health

 
Gender and Sexual Health

 
Gender, Body Image and Disordered Eating

 
Gender and Mental Health

 
Gender and Disability

 
 
Chapter 6: Sexuality
Homosexuality and the Mental Health Professions

 
Homosexuality, Ill-Health and Health Care

 
'African Sexuality' and HIV/AIDS

 
Sexuality and People with Disabilities

 
 
Chapter 7: Research Methods for a Critical Approach to Clinical and Health Psychology
Different Methods in Qualitative Research

 
Mixed-Methods

 
Quality in Qualitative Research

 

This is a good resource to supplement the care foundation degree programme. Good background reading.

Mrs Alison Cox
Health and Social Care, Merthyr Tydfil College
February 20, 2013

A good background volume for the childhood studies 'Health Trends' module.

Mrs Alison Cox
Health and Social Care, Merthyr Tydfil College
February 20, 2013

Useful and accessable text. Some excellent analysis and discussion opportunities to be drawn for the extended discussions around health/ ill health perspectives and preconceptiuons highlighted in the texts. Health psychology considered and critiqued.

Mrs Tracey Wornast
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
October 4, 2012
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