Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine

3rd Edition

An Illustrated Colour Text


  • Beth Alder
  • Charles Abraham
  • Edwin van Teijlingen
  • Michael Porter
  • 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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    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

    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