Psychology for Health Professionals

By

  • Patricia Barkway, RN, CMHN, FACMHN, BA, MSc(PHC), Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing, Flinders University Adelaide

This book provides an introduction to psychology for allied health students and it encourages an understanding of the complex and interactive nature of the factors which influence an individual’s health behaviours and health outcomes. Through the use of real life examples, contemporary research and case studies students will be able to apply the material in the text to the health behaviours of the people they care for, their colleagues and themselves. Unlike many health psychology textbooks this new book examines individual personality and psychological theory within the social context of people’s lives. This approach is taken because of the increasing awareness that a person’s behaviour is not only influenced by internal biological and psychological factors, but also by external factors within the person’s social and physical environment. The first half of the book outlines psychological and other relevant theory whilst in the second half those theories are applied to health issues and healthcare practice. Chapters 1-5 presents psychological, lifespan and social theory; chapter 6 addresses the role and contribution of research to healthcare practice; and chapters 7-13 covers the psychological aspects of specific health encounters, issues and interventions.


"The material covered [in the various chapters] is undoubtedly relevant, up to date, and has some nice features". 
Reviewed by: British Journal of Occupational Therapy    Date: Nov 2014

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Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7797-7

Reviews

"The material covered [in the various chapters] is undoubtedly relevant, up to date, and has some nice features; the emphasis on social inequalities and cultural factors as important considerations for those involved in the delivery of healthcare is particularly good."

Reviewed by: British Journal of Occupational Therapy    Date: Nov 2014



Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Psychology: an introduction

Chapter 2 Lifespan: Early years-pre birth - adolescence

Chapter 3 Lifespan: Later years-adulthood & ageing

Chapter 4 Health and Health Psychology

Chapter 5 Social Context of Behaviour

Chapter 6 Research for Health Professionals

Chapter7 Understanding and Changing Health Behaviours

Chapter 8 Communication for Health CarePractitioners

Chapter 9 Partnerships in health

Chapter 10 Stress and coping

Chapter 11 Loss

Chapter 12 Pain

Chapter 13 Health promotion