Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness

ISBN-10: 1847872441
ISBN-13: 9781847872449
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 12/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness is an accessible and engaging introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body across a broad range of topics including infectious illness, autoimmunity, cancer and pain. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, it brings together research from a number of disciplines in health psychology, biology and the medical sciences. Students are encouraged to consider how advances in psychobiological research can help us to uncover the true complexity of links between psychological, biological and social processes with respect to implications for health and how such advances can inform the development of interventions and treatment approaches. The textbook presents established theoretical models relevant to psychobiological processes in health and illness, as well as recent developments in systems, technologies and intervention methods. Key terms are defined throughout in order to provide a truly accessible introduction to this fascinating field.

The Mind-Body Connection
Changing conceptualisations of mind and body
Emerging disciplines
Summary
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
The Link between Stress and Illness
The history of the stress concept
Cognitive models
Biological models
Summary
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
Positive Processes in Health and Illness
From stress to emotion
Emotion, coping and health
Well-being
Summary and conclusions
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
a Healthy Disposition
Introduction
How do genes influence health?
Genetic advances and identifying disease genes
Predictive genetic testing
Summary
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
Pain
What is pain?
Theories of pain
Non-pharmacological treatments for pain
Summary
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
At-Risk Populations
Introduction
Socio-economic status and health
People with psychiatric illness
Older people
Long-term caregivers
Summary and conclusions
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
Psychobiological Interventions
Introduction
Coping-based approaches
Behavioural and cognitive therapies
Summary
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
Methodological Issues in Psychobiological Research
Introduction
How can we determine whether or not psychological factors influence health?
Designing and evaluating health interventions
Summary
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
Summary and Future Directions
What have we learned so far?
What questions have yet to adequately address?
Technological advances
Summary and conclusions
Key terms
Discussion questions
Further reading
Glossary
References
Index

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