Altruism and Health Perspectives from Empirical Research

ISBN-10: 019518291X

ISBN-13: 9780195182910

Edition: 2007

Authors: Stephen G. Post

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Does a kindly, charitable interest in others have health benefits for the agent, particularly when coupled with helping behaviours? Although the answer remains unclear, researchers have established that there is an association between generous emotions, helping behaviour, and longevity. Increasingly, emotional states and their related behaviours are being studied by mainstream scientists in relation to health promotion and disease prevention. If helping affect or behaviour can be linked with health and longevity, there are significant implications for how we think about human nature and prosperity. Although studies show that those who are physically or psychologically overwhelmed by the needs of others do experience a stressful burden that can have significant negative health consequences, little attention has been given to whether there are health benefits from helping behaviour that is fulfilling, not overwhelming. In the proposed book, Stephen Post brings together distinguished researchers from basic science to address this question in objective terms. The book will also provide heuristic models, from evolution and neuroscience, to explain the association between altruism and health, and examine potential public health and practical implications of the existing data.
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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Research on Volunteering and Health
Introduction
Does Volunteering Foster Physical Health and Longevity?
Sc.D.: Altruism and Subjective Well-Being: Conceptual Model and Empirical Support
Do Generative Adolescents Become Healthy Older Adults?
Altruism, Well-Being and Mental Health in Late Life
Altruism and Health in HIV
Self-Initiated Volunteering and Mental Health
Altruism and Health: Is There a Link During Adolescence?
Rx: Volunteer A Prescription for Healthy Aging
The Contribution of Altruistic Emotions to Health. Introduction.
The Biology of Positive Emotions and Health
Integrating Positive Psychology into Epidemiologic Theory: Reflections on Love, Salutogenesis, and Determinants of Population Health
Generativity A Form of Unconditional Love
The Role of Love, Attachment, and Altruism in Adjustment to Military Trauma
Helping Behavior and Longevity: An Emotion Model
Forgiveness and Health: A Review and Theoretical Exploration of Emotion Pathways
Befriending Mans Best Friends: Does Altruism Toward Animals Promote Psychological and Physical Health?
Evolutionary models of Altruism and Health. Introduction.
Close Relationships and Health Through the Lens of Selective Investment Theory
Health and the Ecology of Altruism
A Short History of Altruism and Health
Altruistic Love, Resiliency and Health and the Role of Medicine
Monagamy, Love, and Benevolence: Lessons from Prairie Voles
Introduction
Volunteerism, Religiousness, Spirituality, and the Health Outcomes of Older Adults
Altruism, Religion, and Health: Exploring the Ways in Which Helping Others Benefits Support Providers
Altruistic Love and Physical Health
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