The Social Psychology of Health: Essays and Readings

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William D. Marelich, Jeff S. Erger
SAGE, Feb 3, 2004 - Psychology - 353 pages
The Social Psychology of Health: Essays and Readings provides an integrative approach to understanding health psychology using social psychological principles. It contains 26 readings grouped into five sections. The first section includes an overview of the multiple disciplines and perspectives that contribute to theory and research in health psychology and behavioral 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. This coverage ranges from health attitude change to the health-care setting, stress and coping and social relationships, and health policy.
 

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Contents

Health and Illness Seen Through Different Lenses
9
A Overviews From Various Fields
15
Themes in Medical Sociology
31
Social Theory Conforming and the Change
87
A Overview of Change Strategies
95
Do Postcard Reminders Improve Influenza Vaccination
111
A SelfEfficacy Model
117
Application of the Theories of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior
127
The Process of Stress Coping and Empowerment
201
A Stressful Life Events and the Structure of Coping
209
An Analysis of Coping in a MiddleAged Community Sample
222
B On Social Relationships and Health
237
Personal Responsibility and the Empowered Patient
247
HIVAIDS Patient Involvement in Antiretroviral
255
Health Policy Future Paths and Concerns
267
A Health Policy and Activism
275

HIV Risk Behavior Reduction Following Intervention With
137
B Designing Health Behavior Interventions
143
Health Care Settings and Their Social Dynamics
163
A The PatientProvider Interaction
169
on the Process of Providing Antiretroviral Treatment
181
B Setting Defining the Illness
191
AIDS Activism and the Politics of Health
286
Looking to the Future of Health
306
Name Index
331
Subject Index
343
About the Editors 353
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About the author (2004)

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 mind.

Jeff S. Erger, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Iowa in 1997. He teaches courses in medical sociology, social psychology, and research methods. He has served as a University of Iowa Fellow and an NIMH post-doctoral fellow at UCLA and is now researching health care delivery to marginalized populations and the dynamics of communities in cyberspace. His research looks at the links between identity, community, and health. For his own health, he enjoys riding his bicycle and making chocolate truffles (but only once a year).

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