Health Psychology A Cultural Approach

ISBN-10: 0534626408
ISBN-13: 9780534626402
Edition: 2006
Authors: Regan Gurung
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Description: With a conversational style that conveys the excitement, research base, and real world applications of the field, Regan A. R. Gurung introduces students to health psychology with an integrated cultural perspective. Starting with a description of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $155.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

With a conversational style that conveys the excitement, research base, and real world applications of the field, Regan A. R. Gurung introduces students to health psychology with an integrated cultural perspective. Starting with a description of the biological, psychological, and sociological factors that determine who we are, the text examines cultural differences in major health behaviors, and health, achieving the commendable goal of being comprehensive yet extremely accessible. Gurung focuses on key determinants of behavior, such as family, ethnicity, and religion, which are not always highlighted in health psychology books. Packed with the most up-to-date citations available, this book combines issues 'ripped from the headlines' with the classic issues in the field. A range of vivid examples from different cultural groups provides students with a comprehensive description of the basic theories in Health Psychology as well as an overview of cutting edge research in the field. Special sections highlighting clinical applications of basic theories, strong doses of personality and social psychological theories, and chapters exclusively devoted to variations in cultural beliefs, human development, and different diseases, combine to give readers the best of many worlds.

Regan A. R. Gurung is the Chair of the psychology department at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. His research interests include stress and coping, changing health behaviors, and the media and health. He currently teaches courses in health psychology and culture, development, health and he has published widely in journals such as Psychological Review and has won several teaching awards. He was most recently awarded the University of Wisconsin Green Bay's 2004 Founders Association Award for Excellence.

Health Psychology: Setting the Stage
What is Health? Cross-Cultural Definitions of Health
Common Rubrics for Health
Why is Culture Important?
Dimensions of Culture
Defining Culture
Context and Level of Analysis
Two Major ''Cultures''
Some Important Warnings
Health Psychology''s Biopsychosocial Approach
The Evolution of Health Psychology
What is Health Psychology? Main Areas in Health Psychology
A Research Primer
Focus On Current Issues + Profile of A Multicultural America
Chapter Summary
Synthesize, Evaluate, Apply
Key terms, Concepts, & People
Essential Readings
Web Resources
Cultural Approaches to Health
Varieties of World Medicine
Western Biomedicine
Greek Roots
Technological Innovations Chinese Traditional Medicine
Sources of Illness
Treatment
Ayurveda
Sources of Illness
Treatment
Curanderismo and Spiritualism
Sources of Illness
Treatment
American Indian Medicine
Sources of Illness
Treatment
African American Beliefs
Are Complementary and Alternative Approaches Valid? FOcus On Applications- Acupuncture
Chapter Summary
Synthesize, Evaluate, Apply
Key terms, Concepts, & People
Essential Readings
Web Resources
Health and Human Development
The Interaction Between Culture, Development, and Health
What is Development? Biological Development
The Prenatal Period
Infancy and Early Childhood
Adolescence
Adulthood and Aging
Major The ories of Human Development
Social Development
Cognitive Development
Major Social Forces Influencing Development
The Family
Parenting Styles
SES, Development, and Health
Health Across the Lifespan and Culture
Ethnic Identity Development
Acculturation and Health
Focus On Current Issues + Body Image and the Trials of Adolescence
Chapter Summary
Synthesize, Evaluate, Apply
Key terms, Concepts, & People
Essential Readings
Web Resources
Stress Across Cultures
What is Stress? Stress over Time
Critical Physiology: the Nervous System
The Central Nervous System
The Peripheral Nervous System
Main The ories of Stress
Cannon''s Fight or Flight The ory
Seyle''s General Adaptation Syndrome
Lazarus'' Cognitive Appraisal Model
Factors Influencing Our Appraisals
Measuring Stress
Culture-Specific Stressors
Different Varieties of Stressors
Relationship stress
Work stress
Environmental stress
What are the Consequences of Stress?FOCUS ON CURRENT ISSUES + TEND-AND-BEFRIEND OR FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT
Chapter Summary
Synthesize, Evaluate, Apply
Key terms, Concepts, & People
Essential Readings
Web Resources
Coping and Social Support
What is Coping? Mediators and Moderators
Coping Styles and Strategies
What is the Best Way to Cope? Who Copes Well? Personality and Coping
Social Support
Types of Social Support Cultural Variables in Social Support
Theories of Social Support Change
Common Measures of Coping
Ways of Coping
The COPE
Keys to Coping
Relaxation-Based Approaches
Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
FOCUS ON CURRENT ISSUES: MAY GOD HELP YOU
Chapter Summary
Synthesize, Evaluate, Apply
Key terms, Concepts, & People
Essential Readings
Web Resources
Models of Behavior Change
What are Healthy Behaviors? Healthy People 2010
What determines Healthy
Behaviors?
Key The ories of Health
Behavior Change
The Health Belief Model
Culture and the HBM
Theory of Planned Behavior
Culture and the TPB
Transtheoretical Model
Comparing the Models
Interventions
Top Ten Prescriptions
Changing Personal Behavior
Focus On Applications + Smoking Interventions In College
Chapter Summary
Synthesize, Evaluate, Apply
Key terms, Concepts, & People
Essential Readings
Web Resources
Health Behaviors: Eating, Physical Activity, Smoking, and Drinking
Eating
What Should We Be Eating? Development of Food Preferences
Eating Disorders
Cultural Variations in Eating Behaviors
Physical Activity
Cultural Variations in Physical Activity
Physical Consequences of Physical Activity
Psychological Consequences of Physical Activity
Smoking and Dr

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