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The Social Psychology of Health Essays and Readings

by William D. (California State University) Marelich

The Social Psychology of Health Essays and Readings Synopsis

This reader provides an integrative approach to understanding health psychology focused around social psychological principles. The 26 readings are grouped into five sections. The first, foundational section includes an overview of the multiple disciplines and perspectives that contribute to theory and research in health psychology and behavioural medicine: psychology, sociology, epidemiology, and public health. The remaining four sections cover major topics within the field of health psychology, mirroring the major topical coverage of most introductory health psychology textbooks, from health attitude change to the health-care setting, stress and coping and social relationships, and health policy.

The Social Psychology of Health Essays and Readings Press Reviews

The content of the individual essays and the introductions to the articles are thorough and very readable. Students will find them to be helpful orientations to the articles they are about to read. . . . The strength of this volume is the product of the disciplinary backgrounds of the authors. They have done a good job of actually drawing together into one volume significant articles from psychology, sociology, and to some extent, epidemiology and public health. This increases the range of the book. Most importantly from an educational standpoint, it supports an interdisciplinary approach to the social psychology of health. -- Dale D. Chitwood The volume includes classic readings as well as more up-to-date selections, and most are engaging, interesting, and easy to read. . . . The volume editors do a wonderful job of explaining concepts in easy-to-understand language and provide useful examples that students should be able to relate to. Undergraduates should find this a fun and relevant book to read, and the essays should provide a good starting point for class discussions. . . . One strength of the book is the breadth. The volume editors obviously have extensive knowledge and different perspectives to bring to this area. -- Erika Westling

Book Information

ISBN: 9780761928218
Publication date: 25th March 2004
Author: William D. (California State University) Marelich
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Social, group or collective psychology, Medicine: general issues,

About William D. (California State University) Marelich

William D. Marelich, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. He is also a lecturer at UCLA and a consulting statistician with the UCLA Health Risk Reduction Projects. Dr. Marelich received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and was an NIMH post-doctoral fellow at UCLA. He teaches courses in health psychology, close relationships, and quantitative methods. His research interests include decision-making strategies in health and organizational settings, patient-provider interactions, interpersonal relationships, and statistical/methodological approaches in experimental and applied research. He surfs as a hobby for health and peace of ...

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