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A Biopsychosocial Approach to Health
From Cell to Society

First edition


October 2023 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This unique text takes a holistic approach to show you how different biological and medical aspects of health operate at the cellular level all the way up to the societal level, and back again.
 
It explains key biological aspects of health at the cellular level (such as epigenetics and oxidative stress) to give you a solid understanding of how health is created in the context of the person, before working upwards to examine public health issues ranging from cardiovascular disease to unemployment and loneliness. Throughout the text, you will encounter a diverse range of cross-cultural examples, real-world scenarios and key questions which will help you put the theories and cell-to-society perspective you have learned into practice. 

With interdisciplinary perspectives from psychoneuroimmunology and epidemiology, this book offers an integrated consideration of health and its biopsychosocial determinants. It is a must-read for students of health psychology, applied psychology, nursing, and public health. 

Rachel C. Sumner is a psychobiologist and chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and a senior research fellow at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 
 
Chapter 1: The Cell
 
Chapter 2: The Person
 
Chapter 3: The Population
 
Chapter 4: The Cell-To-Society Of The Life Course
 
Chapter 5: Psychobiology: A primer For PNI, PNE, And PNEI
 
Chapter 6: Stress At The Person Level
 
Chapter 7: Stress At Population Level
 
Chapter 8: Epidemiological Perspectives: Public Health
 
Chapter 9: The Social Determinants Of Public Health
 
Chapter 10: Applying Interdisciplinary Knowledge To Non-Communicable Disease: The Cell-To-Society Of Cardiovascular Disease
 
Chapter 11: Applying Interdisciplinary Knowledge To Communicable Disease: The Cell-To-Society Of Covid-19

This book explores the varying influences on health and wellbeing and will encourage students to consider a wider range of perspectives in their clinical reasoning when assessing people and working with service users.

Mrs Helen Chilvers
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
December 12, 2023

Rachel C. Sumner

Dr Rachel Sumner is a psychobiologist and chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology. She is a senior research fellow in the Health and Human Performance Global Academy at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Rachel researches areas that consider how our lived environment impacts our health and wellbeing, using a variety of methods and outcomes to try and make sense of the very complicated ways that make our health a function of our lived experience. She is an interdisciplinary researcher who has made her career in collecting knowledge from various fields and trying to bring it together to make... More About Author

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