Table of Contents

The life cycle

The biopsychosocial model. Pregnancy and childbirth. Reproductive issues. Development in early infancy. Childhood and child health. Adolescence. Adulthood and middle age. Social aspects of ageing. Bereavement.

Development of the person

Personality and health. Understanding learning. Perception. Emotions. Memory problems. How does sexuality develop? Intelligence. Development of thinking.

Society and health

Understanding groups. Concepts of health, illness and disease. Measuring health and illness. Changing patterns of health and illness. Social class and health. Gender and health. Ethnicity and health. Quality of life. Media and health. Housing, homelessness and health. Work and health. Unemployment and health. Labelling and stigma.

Preventing illness and promoting health

Perceptions of risk and risk-taking behaviours. What is prevention? What are the objectives of health promotion? Health screening. The social implications of the new genetics. Health beliefs, motivation and behaviour. Changing cognitions and behaviour. Helping people act on their intentions. The social context of behavioural change. Illegal drug use. Alcohol use. Smoking, tobacco control and doctors. Eating, body shape and health.

Illness behaviour and the doctor-patient encounter

Deciding to consult. Seeing the doctor. Placebo and nocebo effects. Patient adherence. Communication skills. Breaking bad news. Self-care and the popular sector. The experience of hospitals. Psychological preparation for surgery.

Illness and disability

Heart disease. HIV/AIDS. Cancer. Anxiety. Depression. Inflammatory bowel disease. Physical disability. Learning disability. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Diabetes mellitus. Stress and health. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Death and dying.

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Details

No. of pages:
192
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone
eBook ISBN:
9780702061295
eBook ISBN:
9780702057502
eBook ISBN:
9780702048203
Print ISBN:
9780443067877

About the authors

Beth Alder

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Charles Abraham

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK Professor of Psychology

Edwin van Teijlingen

Affiliations and Expertise

Honorary Professor, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Aberdeen; Visiting Professor, MMIHS, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Visting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Nepal; Honorary Visiting Professor, London Metropolitan, London; Professor of Reproductive Health Research, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Edwin van Teijlingen

Affiliations and Expertise

Honorary Professor, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Aberdeen; Visiting Professor, MMIHS, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Visting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Nepal; Honorary Visiting Professor, London Metropolitan, London; Professor of Reproductive Health Research, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Michael Porter

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, General Practice Section, Division of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences