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Child Health Psychology

Child Health Psychology
A Biopsychosocial Perspective

December 2013 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award 2017 - Textbook category

"A long overdue prioritisation of child and adolescent health psychology... Taking an interdisciplinary stance to a textbook can be a difficult task. However, despite introducing a variety of concepts, this text is very accessible and a joy to read. A use of both old and new case studies and examples helps to chart the progress in the field... an excellent book for health psychology modules and postgraduate teaching."
- The Psychologist

"This book is well evidenced, has a sound theoretical and scientific basis, and at the same time is insightful and readable – reflecting the author’s enthusiasm for the topic. It will stimulate the reader to find out more about this fascinating area."
- Vivien Swanson, University of Stirling

"Engagingly written in a style that draws the reader in, it covers all the bases and provides an excellent introduction to the area."
- Paul D. Bennett, Swansea University

Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective is the first sole-authored textbook dedicated to the topic of health psychology as it applies to children and adolescents, drawing on research from several related disciplines including psychoneuroimmunology and developmental psychobiology.

With an overarching biopsychosocial lifespan perspective, Turner-Cobb examines the effects of early life experience on health outcomes, as well as covering the experience of acute and chronic illness during childhood. Lots of helpful aids are provided per chapter including key learning objectives, textboxes putting spotlights on key pieces of research, lists of key concepts to revise, useful websites and further reading suggestions.

With a perspective designed to both inform and to challenge, this stimulating textbook will introduce you to the central relevance and many applications of child health psychology. It will be of interest to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in health and clinical psychology, as well as to students in health sciences, nursing, and childhood studies.

Chapter 1: Introduction: What Is Child Health Psychology?
Definition of child health psychology

The psychosocial context of child health

The deveopmental context of child health

The mind-body link: from medieval to moder-day views

The mind-body connection in modern times

Health-related behaviour and social cognition models

The changing face of health threats

Communicating health

Chapter 2: Defining Health, Illness and Well-Being
Definitions of health and illness

Stress and coping: chronic versus acute stress

The relevance of cognitive and social development in health and illness

How can psychosocial factors influence physical health?

Biological responses to stress

How can the immune system be influenced by HPA axis regulation?

Psychobiological theories of stress and coping

Resiliency factors and individual differences

Chapter 3: Research Methods and Ethical Issues
Measurement of psychosocial factors

Mixed methods

Psychobiological research methods

Immune markers of stress

Neurotransmitter and endocrine markers of stress

Measuring health outcome in children

The laboratory/experimental research setting

Naturalistic settings and field research

Ethical issues and communication in health research with children

Chapter 4: The Influence of Prenatal Exposure to Stress
Terms, definitions and developmental periods in pregnancy

The normal basal maternal endocrine environment during pregnancy

The stress response during pregnancy

Effects of prenatal stress on the fetus in utero

Effects of prenatal stres on birth outcome

Effects of prenatal stress on infant and child development

Prenatal stress effects in the adolescent years and into adulthood

Interventions to reduce prenatal stress and subsequent effects

The maternal perspective and a link to immune effects

Chapter 5: The Experience of Stress During Childhood
The Experience of Stress in Healthy Children

The Contributions of Temperament, Individual Difference and quality of childcare

Effects of severe or toxic stress, including post-traumatic stress disorder

Family Environment and Intergenerational Transmission of Stress

Health in adulthood and across the lifespan

Communicating stress

The longer-term outlook and opportunities for intervention

PART TWO: The Experience of Acute and Chronic Illness During Childhood
Chapter 6: The Experience of Acute Illness in Childhood
Defining acute illness

The relevance of illness cognitions in acute childhood illness

Coping with acute illness in childhood

Medical procedures and hospitalization in acute childhood illness

Chapter 7: The Experience of Chronic Illness in Childhood
Defining chronic illness

The prevalence of chronic illness

The impact of chronic illness: the stress context

The relevance of illness cognitions in chronic childhood illness

Coping and adaptation in chronic childhood illness

Parental coping in chronic childhood illness

Interventions in chronic childhood illness

Medical procedures and hospitalization in chronic childhood illness

Chapter 8: Terminal Illness and Survivorship Issues
Childhood palliative care and terminal illness

The Challenge of Surviving Childhood Illness

Physical, medical or late effects in the survival of childhood illness

The psychosocial experience in the survival of childhood illness

Psychosocial interventions for survivors of childhood cancer

Implications for the life-course perspective

Chapter 9: The Experience of Pain in Childhood
The biopsychosocial approach to the experience of pain

The pain experience in children and analgesic management of pain

The prevalence of pain and disability in children

Cognitive, behavioural and emotional factors in coping with pain

The role of early life pain experience on subsequent pain

Psychosocial interventions in acute and chronic pain

Chapter 10: The Experience of Parental Illness and Death
The child as carer

Coping and adjustment: the impact of caregiving on the young carer

Interventions to lessen the negative impacts on young carers

Dealing with issues of death and dying

Bereavement services for children

Chapter 11: Summary and the Way Ahead
Summary of Health Risks and Resiliency Factors

Promoting and Maintaining Health

Psychosocial factors and issues in child health not mentioned

The role of health psychology in future child health


Comprehensive introduction to child health psychology

Dr Sarah Rose
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
December 11, 2014

The book is interesting, it would be better when equipped with illustrations

Miss Maria Suprapto
Psychology, Pelita Harapan University
October 22, 2014

A strong text that introduces some of the key concepts that underpin this programme

Mr Peter Leadbetter
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
June 11, 2014

A very focused and useful text. Several copies ordered for our library. Of value to students studying children's health across a variety of disciplines

Mrs Julianne Harlow
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
May 30, 2014

An excellent text adopted as recommended reading for one of our first year modules.

Ms Janet Kelsey
faculty of health education & society, Univ. of Plymouth
March 24, 2014

An insightful text which will be a benefit as supplementary reading to the Health Psychology module. I particularly like the annotated Further Reading sections at the end of each chapter which are a welcome addition.

Ms Karen Twiselton
Psychology, University of the Highlands and Islands
February 21, 2014

Excellent text with good insight into the biopsychosocial model.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
February 10, 2014

A useful text

Miss Amy Yorke
Health and Social Care, Warrington Collegiate
January 6, 2014

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