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Health Psychology Biopsychosocial Interactions

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ISBN-10: 0470129166

ISBN-13: 9780470129166

Edition: 6th 2008

Authors: Edward P. Sarafino

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To truly understand the interconnections between psychology and health, one must take a look at the whole person. Thats why Sarafinos thoroughly updated sixth edition examines the dynamic interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in peoples health. The book presents the most current thinking in the field, drawing on recent research and theory from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and biology.
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Book details

List price: $188.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2

An Introduction: Basic Issues and Processes
An Overview of Psychology and Health
What is Health?
An Illness/Wellness Continuum
Illness Today and in the Past
Viewpoints from History: Physiology, Disease Processes, and the Mind
Early Cultures
Ancient Greece and Rome
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance and After
Seeing a Need: Psychology's Role in Health
Problems in the Health Care System
"The Person" in Health and Illness
Assess Yourself: What's Your Lifestyle Like?
How the Role of Psychology Emerged
Clinical Methods and Issues: Behaviorism's Legacy: Progress In Health Psychology's Goals
Health Psychology: The Profession
Current Perspectives on Health and Illness
The Biopsychosocial Perspective
Life-Span and Gender Perspectives
Relating Health Psychology to Other Science Fields
Related Fields
Health and Psychology Across Cultures
Highlight: Related Nonpsychology Careers
Research Methods
Correlational Studies
Quasi-Experimental Studies
Genetics Research
The Body's Physical Systems
The Nervous System
How the Nervous System Works
The Central Nervous System
The Peripheral Nervous System
Clinical Methods and Issues: Biofeedback Treatment for Paralysis
The Endocrine System
The Endocrine and Nervous Systems Working Together
Adrenal Glands
Other Glands
The Digestive System
Food's Journey Through Digestive Organs
Highlight: Our Physiological Individuality
Using Nutrients in Metabolism
Assess Yourself: How Many Calories Do You Burn While Resting?
The Respiratory System
The Respiratory Tract
Respiratory Function and Disorders
The Cardiovascular System
The Heart and Blood Vessels
Blood Pressure
Blood Composition
Cardiovascular Disorders
The Immune System
The Organs of the Immune System
Soldiers of the Immune System
Highlight: When Immune Functions are Absent
Defending the Body with an Immune Response
Less-Than-Optimal Defenses
Stress, Illness, and Coping
Stress-Its Meaning, Impact, and Sources
Experiencing Stress in Our Lives
What is Stress?
Appraising Events as Stressful
Dimensions of Stress
Clinical Methods and Issues: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Stress
Biological Aspects of Stress
Psychosocial Aspects of Stress
Sources of Stress Throughout Life
Sources within the Person
Sources in the Family
Sources in the Community and Society
Highlight: Gender Differences in Caregiving?
Measuring Stress
Physiological Arousal
Highlight: Does Environmental Stress Affect Reactivity to New Stressors?
Life Events
Daily Hassles
Assess Yourself: Hassles in Your Life
Can Stress be Good for You?
Stress, Biopsychosocial Factors, and Illness
Psychosocial Modifiers of Stress
Social Support
Assess Yourself: How Much Emotional Support Do You Get?
A Sense of Personal Control
Clinical Methods and Issues: Social Support, Therapy, and Cognitive Processes
A Hardy Personality
Type A and Type B Behavior Patterns
How Stress Affects Health
Stress, Behavior, and Illness
Stress, Physiology, and Illness
Highlight: Sudden "Voodoo" Death
Psychophysiological Disorders
Digestive System Diseases
Recurrent Headache
Other Disorders
Stress and Cardiovascular Disorders
Coronary Heart Disease
Highlight: Does Acculturation Increase Blood Pressure?
Stress and Cancer
Coping with and Reducing Stress
Coping with Stress
What Is Coping?
Functions and Methods of Coping
Assess Yourself: Your Focuses in Coping
Reducing the Potential for Stress
Enhancing Social Support
Highlight: Does Religiousness Reduce Stress and Enhance Health?
Improving One's Personal Control
Highlight: The Amish Way of Social Support in Bereavement
Organizing One's World Better
Exercising: Links to Stress and Health
Preparing for Stressful Events
Reducing Stress Reactions: Stress Management
Behavioral and Cognitive Methods
Clinical Methods and Issues: The Case of "Bear"
Clinical Methods and Issues: Treating Insomnia
Massage, Meditation, and Hypnosis
Highlight: Can Increasing Positive Emotions Enhance Health?
Using Stress Management to Reduce Coronary Risk
Modifying Type A Behavior
Treating Hypertension
Lifestyles to Enhance Health and Prevent Illness
Health-Related Behavior and Health Promotion
Health and Behavior
Lifestyles, Risk Factors, and Health
Highlight: Two Health Behaviors: Breast and Testicular Examinations
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Preventing Illness
Problems in Promoting Wellness
What Determines People's Health-Related Behavior?
General Factors in Health-Related Behavior
The Role of Beliefs and Intentions
The Role of Less Rational Processes
Developmental, Gender, and Sociocultural Factors in Health
Development and Health
Gender and Health
Sociocultural Factors and Health
Programs for Health Promotion
Methods for Promoting Health
Clinical Methods and Issues: Dialogues to Help People Stop Smoking
Promoting Health in the Schools
Worksite Wellness Programs
Community-Based Wellness Programs
Assess Yourself: Your Knowledge about AIDS
Prevention with Specific Targets: Focusing on AIDS
Substance Use and Abuse
Substance Abuse
Addiction and Dependence
Processes Leading to Dependence
Smoking Tobacco
Who Smokes and How Much?
Why People Smoke
Highlight: Do Curiosity and Susceptibility "Kill the Cat?"
Smoking and Health
Highlight: Does Someone Else's Smoking Affect Your Health?
Alcohol Use and Abuse
Who Drinks, and How Much?
Assess Yourself: What's True about Drinking?
Why People Use and Abuse Alcohol
Highlight: Do You Abuse Alcohol?
Drinking and Health
Highlight: Drinking-Games People Play
Drug Use and Abuse
Highlight: Types and Effects of Drugs
Who Uses Drugs, and Why?
Drug Use and Health
Reducing Substance Use and Abuse
Preventing Substance Use
Quitting a Substance without Therapy
Treatment Methods to Stop Substance Use and Abuse
Highlight: Where Should Treatment Occur, and What Should Be the Goals and Criteria for Success?
Clinical Methods and Issues: Behavioral Methods for Treating Substance Abuse
Dealing with the Relapse Problem
Nutrition, Weight Control and Diet, Exercise, and Safety
Components of Food
What People Eat
Nutrition and Health
Weight Control and Diet
Desirable and Undesirable Weights
Becoming Overly Fat
Highlight: Do "Fat-Bugs" Lead to Overweight?
Highlight: Which "Carbs" to Avoid
Dieting and Treatments to Lose Weight
Clinical Methods and Issues: Problem-Solving Training to Control Weight
Anorexia and Bulimia
Assess Yourself: Your Weight Control Patterns
The Health Effects of Physical Activity
Highlight: Types and Amounts of Healthful Exercise
Who Gets Enough Exercise, Who Does Not-and Why?
Promoting Exercise Behavior
Environmental Hazards
Becoming III and Getting Medical Treatment
Using Health Services
Types of Health Services
Specialized Functions of Practitioners
Office-Based and Inpatient Treatment
The American Health Care System
Health Care Systems in Other Countries
Perceiving and Interpreting Symptoms
Perceiving Symptoms
Interpreting and Responding to Symptoms
Highlight: Symptoms by Suggestion?
Using and Misusing Health Services
Who Uses Health Services?
Why People Use, Don't Use, and Delay Using Health Services
Highlight: A New Meaning for "Diehard" Sports Fan
Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Problematic Health Service Usage
The Patient-Practitioner Relationship
Patient Preferences for Participation in Medical Care
The Practitioner's Behavior and Style
Highlight: Fighting for Your Life
The Patient's Behavior and Style
Assess Yourself: Do You Know Medical Terms' Meanings?
Compliance: Adhering to Medical Advice
Extent of the Nonadherence Problem
Why Patients Do and Do Not Adhere to Medical Advice
Patient-Practitioner Interactions
Increasing Patient Adherence
Clinical Methods and Issues: How to Present Medical Information
Focusing on Prevention
In the Hospital: The Setting, Procedures, and Effects on Patients
The Hospital-Its History, Setting, and Procedures
How the Hospital Evolved
The Organization and Functioning of Hospitals
Roles, Goals, and Communication
Assess Yourself: Who's Who in Physician Care
The Impact of the "Bottom Line"
Being Hospitalized
Relations with the Hospital Staff
Sick-Role Behavior in the Hospital
Emotional Adjustment in the Hospital
Coping Processes in Hospital Patients
Preparing Patients for Stressful Medical Procedures
Highlight: Lamaze Training as a Method of Psychological Preparation for a Medical Procedure
When the Hospitalized Patient Is a Child
Clinical Methods and Issues: Preparing Children for Impending Hospitalization
How Health Psychologists Assist Hospitalized Patients
Initial Steps in Helping
Tests for Psychological Assessment of Medical Patients
Promoting Patients' Health and Adjustment
When the Illness Is Terminal
The Patient's Age
Psychosocial Adjustments to Terminal Illness
Medical and Psychological Care of Dying Patients
Assess Yourself: Your Living Will Choices
A Place to Die-Hospital, Home, or Hospice?
Clinical Methods and Issues: Saying Goodbye
Physical Symptoms: Pain and Discomfort
The Nature and Symptoms of Pain
What is Pain?
The Qualities and Dimensions of Pain
Perceiving Pain
Highlight: Acute Pain in Burn Patients
Theories of Pain
Early Theories of Pain
Highlight: Inducing Pain in Laboratory Research
The Gate-Control Theory of Pain
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Pain
Neurochemical Transmission and Inhibition of Pain
Personal and Social Experiences and Pain
Highlight: Placebos and Pain
Emotions, Coping Processes, and Pain
Clinical Methods and Issues: Assessing Difficulty Coping with Pain
Assessing People's Pain
Self-Report Methods
Behavioral Assessment Approaches
Assess Yourself: Describing Your Pain
Psychophysiological Measures
Pain in Children
Pain and Children's Sensory and Cognitive Development
Assessing Pain in Children
Managing and Controlling Clinical Pain
Clinical Pain
Acute Clinical Pain
Chronic Clinical Pain
Medical Treatments for Pain
Surgical Methods for Treating Pain
Chemical Methods for Treating Pain
Highlight: Types of Pain-Relieving Chemicals
Behavioral and Cognitive Methods for Treating Pain
The Operant Approach
Relaxation and Biofeedback
Cognitive Methods
Clinical Methods and Issues: Guiding a Client to Pain Redefinition
Hypnosis and Interpersonal Therapy
Hypnosis as a Treatment for Pain
Assess Yourself: Would Behavioral or Cognitive Methods Help Your Pain?
Interpersonal Therapy for Pain
Physical and Stimulation Therapies for Pain
Stimulation Therapies
Physical Therapy
Highlight: Physical Activity and Back Pain
Pain Clinics
Multidisciplinary Programs
Evaluating the Success of Pain Clinics
Chronic and Life-Threatening Health Problems
Serious and Disabling Chronic Illnesses: Causes, Management, and Coping
Adjusting to a Chronic Illness
Initial Reactions to Heaving a Chronic Condition
Influences on Coping with a Health Crisis
The Coping Process
Impacts of Different Chronic Conditions
Highlight: What to Do for a Seizure
Nervous System Injuries
Assess Yourself: Do You Have Diabetes?
Highlight: Self-Managing Diabetes
Alzheimer's Disease
Psychosocial Interventions for People with Chronic Conditions
Educational, Social Support, and Behavioral Methods
Relaxation and Biofeedback
Cognitive Methods
Clinical Methods and Issues: Treating Asthma with Biofeedback and Relaxation
Interpersonal and Family Therapy
Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, and AIDS: Causes, Management, and Coping
Coping with and Adapting to High-Mortality Illness
Adapting while the Prospects Seem Good
Adapting in a Recurrence or Relapse
Heart Disease
Who is at Risk of Heart Disease, and Why?
Highlight: Anatomy of a Heart Attack
Assess Yourself: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
Medical Treatment and Rehabilitation of Cardiac Patients
The Psychosocial Impact of Heart Disease
Psychosocial Interventions for Heart Disease
Causes, Effects, and Rehabilitation of Stroke
Psychosocial Aspects of Stroke
Clinical Methods and Issues: Stroke Rehabilitation for Visual Neglect
The Prevalence and Types of Cancer
The Sites, Effects, and Causes of Cancer
Diagnosing and Treating Cancer
The Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer
Childhood Cancer
Highlight: Can Psychosocial Interventions Improve Cancer Survival?
Risk Factors, Effects, and Treatment of AIDS
The Psychosocial Impact of AIDS
Psychosocial Interventions for AIDS
The Survivors: And Life Goes On
Physical and Psychosocial Impact
Psychosocial Interventions for Bereavement
Reaching a Positive Adaptation
Looking to the Future
What's Ahead for Health Psychology?
Goals for Health Psychology
Enhancing Illness Prevention and Treatment
Improving Efforts for Helping Patients Cope
Documenting the Efficacy and Cost-Benefit Ratio of Care
Enhancing Psychologists' Acceptance in Medical Settings
Careers and Training in Health Psychology
Career Opportunities
Clinical Methods and Issues: Psychologists in the Primary Care Team
Training Programs
Issues and Controversies for The Future
Environment, Health, and Psychology
Quality of Life
Ethical Decisions in Medical Care
Future Focuses in Health Psychology
Life-Span Health and Illness
Assess Yourself: Some Ethical Dilemmas: What Do You Think?
Sociocultural Factors in Health
Gender Differences and Women's Health Issues
Factors Affecting Health Psychology's Future
Author Index
Subject Index