The flaws in today's healthcare systems and practices are well-documented: millions remain far from optimal health due to a variety of psychological and social factors; large numbers of patients do not fully cooperate with medical advice; errors in medical decision-making -- some stemming from flaws in interpersonal relations -- regularly lead to needless suffering and death. Further, the effects of emotions, personality, and motivation on healing are not well incorporated into traditional medical care. The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology compiles the most relevant scholarship from psychology, medicine, and public health to offer a thorough and authoritative model of the biopsychosocial approach to health. A collection of international contributors addresses all relevant concepts in this model, including its applications to health promotion, health behavior change, and treatment.
About the Author
Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside. Read more about his research interests and background on his website: http://www.psych.ucr.edu/faculty/friedman/index.html
Table of ContentsPart One: Background, History, and Methods 1. The Intellectual Roots of Health Psychology Howard S. Friedman and Nancy E. Adler 2. A History of the Development of Health Psychology Wade Pickren and Silvia Degni 3. Measurement in Health Psychology Research Timothy W. Smith 4. Designing and Conducting Interventions to Enhance Physical and Mental Health Outcomes J. Lee Westmaas, Virginia Gil-Rivas, and Roxane C. Silver 5. Uncertainty, Variability, and Resource Allocation in the Health Care Decision Process Robert M. Kaplan Part Two: Core Concepts in Health Psychology 6. The Brain, Homeostasis, and Health: Balancing Demands of the Internal and External Milieu John T. Cacioppo and Gary G. Berntson 7. Psychoneuroimmunology Margaret E. Kemeny 8. Stress, Coping, and Health Charles S. Carver and Sara Vargas 9. Social Support Shelley E. Taylor 10. Personality, Disease, and Self-healing Howard S. Friedman 11. Adjustment to Chronic Disease: Progress and Promise in Research Annette L. Stanton and Tracey A. Revenson 12. Social Comparison Processes: Implications for Physical Health Jerry Suls 13. Health and Illness Perceptions Yael Benyamimi Part Three: Core Issues in Clinical Health 14. Physician-Patient Communication Judith A. Hall and Debra L. Roter 15. Aging and Health Karen Rook, Susan Turk Charles, and Jutta Heckhausen 16. Chronic Pain: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Practice Beverly Thorn 17. Coping with Cancer Vanessa Malcarne 18. Expressive Writing, Emotional Upheavals, and Health James W. Pennebaker and Cindy K. Chung 19. Beyond the Myths of Coping with Loss: Prevailing Assumptions versus Scientific Evidence Camille Wortman and Kathrin Boerner 20. Family Consultation for Couples Coping with Health Problems: A Social Cybernetic Approach Michael J. Rohrbaugh and Varda Shoham 21. Childhood Health and Chronic Illness Barbara Tinsley 22. Transplantation Mary Amanda Dew and Andrea F. DiMartini 23. HIV/AIDS Lydia Temoshok Part Four: Health Behaviors and Change 24. Health Behavior Change Ralf Schwarzer 25. Advancing Health Behavior Theory: The Interplay among Theories of Health Behavior, Empirical Modeling of Health Behavior, and Behavioral Interventions Leona Aiken 26. The Perception of Health Risks Britta Renner and Harald Schupp 27. Physical Activity Dawn Wilson 28. Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders Kenneth J. Sher, Amelia Talley, Andrew K. Littlefield, and Julia Martinez 29. Obesity Emily L. Van Walleghen, Betsy A. Steeves, and Hollie A. Raynor 30. Dispositional Optimism, Psychophysiology, and Health Suzanne Segerstrom Part Five: Population and Socio-Cultural Issues 31. Community Health Marta Gil Lacruz 32. Latino Health John Ruiz and Patrick Steffen 33. Two Decades of Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Implications for Health Irina L. G. Todorova 34. Asian Meditation and Health Yosuke Sakairi, Genji Sugamura, and Masao Suzuki 35. Health Consequences of Social Relationships in Non-human Primates John P. Capitanio Part Six: Conclusion 36. Conclusion: The Achievements and Promise of Health Psychology Howard S. Friedman