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Health Beliefs and Coping with Chronic Diseases
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Health Beliefs and Coping with Chronic Diseases

First Edition
  • Ajit K. Dalal - Fulbright Scholar (1982), Retired Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad.

March 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Health Beliefs and Coping with Chronic Diseases argues that a patient’s faith, cultural beliefs and attitude play a critical role in his/her recovery from various chronic diseases. Based on empirical studies conducted by the author and his colleagues, it highlights the role of social, psychological and spiritual factors in restoring and maintaining good health. In traditional societies like India, people frequently make attributions to God and Karma theory, which have significant bearings on the way they seek remedies—both medicinal and spiritual, and may visit both a medical doctor and a faith healer. Multiple therapeutic paradigms which offer their services need to be understood from the psycho-social-spiritual perspective as well.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
I: THEORY AND RESEARCH
 
Psychology and Health: The Emerging Perspectives
 
Health Beliefs and Living with Chronic Diseases
 
Development of an Attribution Model of Psychological Recovery
 
II: BELIEFS ABOUT CHRONIC DISEASES
 
Psychological Recovery of Accident Victims with Physical Disability
 
Health Beliefs and Psychological Adjustment to a Chronic Illness
 
Beliefs about the World and Recovery from Myocardial Infarction
 
Development of a Measure of Psychological Recovery
 
Measures of Perception of Hospital Environment and Affective Reactions
 
III: CHRONIC DISEASES, SELF AND SOCIETY
 
A Narrative Approach to Understand Illness Experience
 
Self-construal among Healthy and Chronically Sick Women
 
Family Support and Coping with Chronic Diseases
 
Folk Healing and Public Health-care Programmes
 
References
 
Index

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