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Palgrave Macmillan

Health Psychology

ISBN 9780230249455
Publication Date October 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Insights in Psychology series

Why is having a good diet and getting plenty of exercise so important for our health? How do we know that smoking is bad for us?

In this illuminating introduction, Rodham unpacks the relationship between our behaviour and health, exploring the principal areas that concern health psychologists, including health promotion, policy and specific issues such as eating behaviour and stress.

Whatever your level of study, this overview of health psychology will help you get to grips with the main issues and allow you to push your understanding further.

KAREN RODHAM is Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Bath, UK and a practising Health Psychologist at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath, UK.

Introduction and Overview
What is Health Psychology?
PART ONE: HEALTH BEHAVIOUR
What is Health Behaviour?
Influences on Health Behaviour
Explaining Health Behaviour: Cognitive Models
PART TWO: HEALTH PROMOTION
What is Health Promotion?
How is Health Promotion Evaluated?
PART THREE: EXAMPLES OF HEALTH ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY
Stress
Coping with Stress
Eating Behaviour
Treating/Managing Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity


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"Health Psychology by Karen Rodham is a well written, engaging and easily accessible text which caters for those undertaking A levels as well as those new to health psychology at the undergraduate level. It provides a fascinating 'tour' of the field of health psychology and illustrates the range and application of psychological theory to many diverse health issues."
- Neil S. Coulson, Associate Professor of Health Psychology, University of Nottingham
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