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Health Psychology
Well-Being in a Diverse World

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552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Health Psychology: Well-Being in a Diverse World introduces students to the main topics and issues in health psychology through a unique perspective focused on diversity. Using a conversational tone, author Regan A. R. Gurung explores the key determinants of behavior—such as family, environment, ethnicity, and religion—and connects concepts to personal experiences for students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the material. Extensively updated based on over 1,000 new articles cited, and with a new chapter on research methods, the Fourth Edition reflects the latest cutting-edge research in the field to explain more thoroughly how context and culture are important predictors of healthy behavior.
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Preface
 
About the Author
 
PART I. FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
 
Chapter 1. What Is Health? Cultural and Historical Roots
Measuring Up: How Healthy Are You?

 
Ponder This

 
What Is Health?

 
Cross-Cultural Definitions of Health

 
Why Is Culture Important?

 
Advancing Cultural Competence

 
Health Psychology’s Biopsychosocial Approach

 
What Is Health Psychology?

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: Careers and Graduate Training in Health Psychology

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 2. Doing Health Psychology: Research Methods
Measuring Up: Is Psychology a Science?

 
Ponder This

 
A Research Primer

 
Ensuring Strong Measurement

 
Getting Statistically Savvy

 
Context and Level of Analysis

 
Moderators versus Mediators

 
Some Final Warnings

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: The Replication Crisis in Psychology

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 3. Cultural Approaches to Health
Measuring Up: Are You Culturally Competent?

 
Ponder This

 
Varieties of World Medicine

 
Western Biomedicine

 
Traditional Chinese Medicine

 
Ayurveda: Traditional Indian Medicine

 
Curanderismo and Spiritualism

 
American Indian Medicine

 
African American Beliefs

 
Are Complementary and Alternative Approaches Valid?

 
APPLICATIONS SHOWCASE: Acupuncture

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 4. Essential Physiology
Measuring Up: Know Your Vital Stats

 
Ponder This

 
Biological Development

 
The Nervous System

 
The Endocrine System

 
The Circulatory System

 
The Digestive System

 
The Physiology of Immunity

 
The Process of Defense

 
The Respiratory System

 
What About Culture?

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: The Games We Play (Can Have Physiological Implications)

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
PART II. STRESS AND COPING
 
Chapter 5. Diverse Understandings of Stress
Measuring Up: Got Daily Hassles? What's Your Stress Score?

 
Ponder This

 
What Is Stress?

 
Main Theories of Stress

 
Factors Influencing Our Appraisals

 
The Role of Culture in Appraisal

 
Stress and Psychopathology: The Diathesis-Stress Model

 
Culture as a Critical Stressor

 
Stress, Hormones, and Genes

 
Different Varieties of Stressors

 
Consequences of Stress

 
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: Stress Really Can Kill: The Baskerville Effect, Culture, and Stress

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 6. Coping and Social Support
Measuring Up: How Do You Cope?

 
Ponder This

 
What Is Coping?

 
Common Measures of Coping

 
The Structure of Coping

 
Who Copes Well?

 
Personality and Diverse Coping Styles

 
Coping and Culture

 
Social Support

 
Cultural Variables in Social Support

 
Theories of Social Support Change

 
Keys to Coping with Stress

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: May God Help You

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
PART III. HEALTH BEHAVIORS
 
Chapter 7. Why Don’t We Do What We Need To? Models of Behavior Change
Measuring Up: What Do You Believe About Exercising?

 
Ponder This

 
What Are Healthy Behaviors?

 
What Determines Health Behaviors?

 
Changing Health Behaviors

 
Transtheoretical Model

 
The Health Belief Model

 
Theory of Planned Behavior

 
Additional Theories of Health Behavior Change

 
Comparing the Models and Their Limitations

 
Changing Behaviors: Interventions

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: You Know You Want To . . . : Reducing Smoking in College

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 8. Health Behaviors: Eating, Being Active, Smoking, and Drinking
Measuring Up: Are Your Behaviors Healthy?

 
Ponder This

 
Nutrition and Weight

 
Physical Activity

 
Smoking and Drinking

 
Tobacco Use

 
Alcohol

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: The Truth About the Freshman 15

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
PART IV. FACTORS SURROUNDING ILLNESS
 
Chapter 9. Illness Cognitions, Adherence, and Patient–Practitioner Interactions
Measuring Up: How Do You See Illness? The Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire

 
Ponder This

 
Culture and Illness Behaviors

 
The Commonsense Model of Illness Behavior

 
Recognizing Symptoms

 
Seeking Treatment

 
Adherence to Treatment

 
Patient–Practitioner Interactions

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: When the Spirit Catches You, Cultures Clash

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 10. Diverse Approaches to Pain
Measuring Up: How Much Pain Are You In?

 
Ponder This

 
Key Definitions

 
Cultural Variations in the Experience of Pain

 
Typologies and Biology of Pain

 
Measuring Pain

 
Theories of Pain

 
The Psychology of Pain

 
Pain Management Techniques

 
Self-Management of Chronic Pain

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: A Hospital Case Study

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 11. Chronic Illness, Terminal Illness, and Death
Measuring Up: How Satisfied Are You with Life?

 
Ponder This

 
Prevalence of Chronic Illnesses

 
Coping with Chronic Illnesses

 
Biopsychosocial Components of Adjustment

 
Culture and Chronic Illness

 
Interventions

 
Coping with Terminal Illness

 
The Role of Religious Diversity

 
Death

 
Cultural Variations in Death and Dying

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: Hospice

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
PART V. MAJOR ILLNESS
 
Chapter 12. Psychoneuroimmunology and HIV
Measuring Up: How Strong Is Your Immune System?

 
Ponder This

 
Psychoneuroimmunology

 
HIV and AIDS

 
Physiological Correlates of HIV/AIDS

 
Psychological Correlates of HIV/AIDS

 
Cultural Variations in HIV/AIDS

 
Health Psychological Models Relating to HIV/AIDS

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: Yoga and Coping with Illnesses Such as HIV/AIDS

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 13. Cancer: Fundamentals and Cultural Variations
Measuring Up: Are You at Risk for Cancer?

 
Ponder This

 
Prevalence of Cancer

 
What Is Cancer?

 
Cultural Variations in the Incidence of Cancer

 
Developmental Issues in Cancer

 
Physiological Correlates of Cancer

 
Psychological Correlates of Cancer

 
Cancer, Stress, and Immunity

 
Health Behaviors and Cancer

 
Treatment Options

 
Behavioral Interventions

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: Increasing Cancer Screening

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 14. Cardiovascular Disease: Fundamentals and Cultural Variations
Measuring Up: How Well Do You Know Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Diseases?

 
Ponder This

 
Prevalence of Cardiovascular Diseases

 
What Is Cardiovascular Disease?

 
Cultural Variations in the Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease

 
Developmental Issues in Cardiovascular Disease

 
Physiological Correlates of Cardiovascular Disease

 
Psychological Correlates of Cardiovascular Disease

 
Health Behaviors and Cardiovascular Disease

 
Treatment Options

 
APPLICATION SHOWCASE: The Lifestyle Heart Trial

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Chapter 15. Controversies and the Future of Health Psychology
Ongoing and Current Controversies

 
Looking to the Future

 
Technological Innovations

 
Enhanced Training

 
Biopsychocultural Health Psychology

 
SUMMARY

 
TEST YOURSELF

 
KEY TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND PEOPLE

 
ESSENTIAL READINGS

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index

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