Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness
- Kate Hamilton-West - University of Kent, UK
Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness is an accessible and engaging introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body across a broad range of topics including infectious illness, autoimmunity, cancer and pain. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, it brings together research from a number of disciplines including health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral genetics.
Students are encouraged to consider how advances in psychobiological research can help us to uncover the true complexity of links between psychological, biological and social processes with respect to implications for health and how such advances can inform the development of interventions and treatment approaches. The textbook presents established theoretical models relevant to psychobiological processes in health and illness, as well as recent developments in systems, technologies and intervention methods. Key terms are defined throughout in order to provide a truly accessible introduction to this fascinating field.
This book is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students in health psychology, nursing, applied medicine and related disciplines.
A fantastic contribution to health psychology. My PhD students and medical students are instructed to read it (not often I recommend books these days). It feels like the field has been waiting for this for a long time
Dr Lis Cordingley
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Manchester
An engaging and well written health psychology textbook with a strong psychobiological focus
Dr Daryl O'Connor
University of Leeds
This is an excellent resource for learners studying the 'Abnormal Psychology' module on our Access to Health Professions programme; clear and interesting perspectives on the interrelationship between mind and body. I have also recommended this to the library.
The understanding of close link between psychological and biological factors is essential to the management of interventions that promote health and wellbeing.
Its a great resource to the Society and Medicine course taught to medical students in Zambia.
The discussion in the book is both engaging and practical as it covers the relationship between the psychological and biological factors of health and illness, allowing for a better understanding of the complexity of health and illness.
This is a very thorough textbook which covers the psychobiological aspects of Health Psychology very well. I will be recommending this text to my students (in addition to other texts for the non-biological components of the module).
excellent, well written at a level which the students could understand.
welll written, very informative and essential for nursing students and professionals
This book has been included into the reading list of our undergraduate OT and PT programmes.
This is a clearly written text that adds depth and breadth to existing core and recommended materials for the level
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The Mind-Body Connection