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Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness



January 2011 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.


 
The Mind-Body Connection
 
Changing Conceptualisations of Mind and Body
 
Emerging Disciplines
 
Summary
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
The Link between Stress and Illness
 
The History of the Stress Concept
 
Cognitive Models
 
Biological Models
 
Summary
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
Positive Processes in Health and Illness
 
From Stress to Emotion
 
Emotion, Coping and Health
 
Well-Being
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
A Healthy Disposition
 
Introduction
 
How Do Genes Influence Health?
 
Genetic Advances and Identifying Disease Genes
 
Predictive Genetic Testing
 
Summary
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
Pain
 
What Is Pain?
 
Theories of Pain
 
Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Pain
 
Summary
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
At-Risk Populations
 
Introduction
 
Socio-Economic Status and Health
 
People with Psychiatric Illness
 
Older People
 
Long-Term Caregivers
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
Psychobiological Interventions
 
Introduction
 
Coping-Based Approaches
 
Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
 
Summary
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
Methodological Issues in Psychobiological Research
 
Introduction
 
How Can We Determine Whether or not Psychological Factors Influence Health?
 
Designing and Evaluating Health Interventions
 
Summary
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
Summary and Future Directions
 
What Have We Learned so Far?
 
What Questions Have We Yet to Adequately Address?
 
Technological Advances
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
Key Terms
 
Discussion Questions
 
Further Reading
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

This is a very useful and accessible introduction to biological aspects of health psychology. A particular strength of this book are the chapters on At Risk Populations and Methodological Issues.

Dr Rachel Crockett
Psychology , Brunel University
June 2, 2012

I willl be ordering this text for the library and recommending for a number of modules including Holistic Approaches to health, Exercise referral and Advanced Psychology.
This text should provide an opportunity for our Health, Exercise and Physical Activity students to further their understanding of issues of health and illness in order to understand, engage and motivate individuals that they may come into contact with or to help design programmes that they may be responsible for.

Mr Ben Jane
Faculty of Sport Media and Management, College of St Mark and St John
May 18, 2012

We will definitive use this book in our new profile PhD course.

Professor Anne Soderlund
Dep of Physiotherapy, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare
March 18, 2012

This book will be really useful in the section of my personal and professional development course which considers stress and its effects on the body. It is up to date and considers this developing area in an accessible way.

Ms Catherine Potter
Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds University
November 15, 2011

Material is too complex for second year dental students. I will however be recommending the book for use in year 3.

Ms Catherine Potter
Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds University
November 15, 2011

This is an interesting and readable text suitable for all Health Care Practitioners examining the relationship between the mind & body

Mrs Karen Evans
Faculty of Health & Social Work, University of Plymouth
September 23, 2011

This is an excellent book that offers important new perspectives.

Dr Dorothee Debuse
Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Pro, Northumbria University
May 9, 2011
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