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Health Psychology
Theory, Research and Practice

Fourth Edition
Experience with SAGE edge


© 2015 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Health Psychology students will need to understand how to evaluate and critically-appraise the latest theory and research before it can be applied. This fully-revised and updated fourth edition takes a critical approach and places Health Psychology in a real-world context, enabling students to understand how public policy, theory and research can influence communities and individuals alike.

The new edition includes:

  • A new chapter on diet and obesity
  • Updated material on stress and coping, doctor-patient communication, death, dying, bereavement and quality of life
  • Introductions to the social, political and economic conditions that influence our health
  • Breadth of coverage from social inequality through to chronic illness and screening
  • An enhanced SAGE edge™ companion website (edge.sagepub.com/marks4e) with a suite of features to enhance students' learning experience.
 
PART I: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY IN CONTEXT
 
Chapter 1: Health psychology: an introduction
 
Chapter 2: Macro-social influences
 
Chapter 3: Social justice
 
Chapter 4: Culture and health
 
Chapter 5: A-Z of research methods and issues in health psychology
 
PART II: HEALTH BEHAVIOUR AND EXPERIENCE
 
Chapter 6: Sexual health: Theories, models and interventions
 
Chapter 7: Food, diets and obesity
 
Chapter 8: Alcohol and drinking
 
Chapter 9: Tobacco and smoking
 
Chapter 10: Physical activity and exercise
 
PART III: HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION
 
Chapter 11: Information, communication and health literacy
 
Chapter 12: Stress and coping
 
Chapter 13: Screening and Immunization
 
Chapter 14: Health promotion
 
PART IV: ILLNESS EXPERIENCE AND HEALTH CARE
 
Chapter 15: Lay representations of illness
 
Chapter 16: Illness and personality
 
Chapter 17: Medicine taking: Adherence and resistance
 
Chapter 18: Pain and pain control
 
Chapter 19: Cancer and chronic diseases

Supplements

Visit the Companion Website

For lecturers:

  • PowerPoint slides featuring figure and tables from the book 
  • A testbank that provides a range of multiple choice and text answers  

For students:

  • Learning Objectives for each chapter
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards which strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly Interactive quizzes that test the understanding of key chapter concepts
  • Links to videos that offer a new perspective on the material covered in the book

This book has become a classic in the field - sophisticated,  accessible and interesting.  It is of great use to students, teachers and practitioners of Health Psychology world wide.

Leslie Swartz, Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Stellenbosch University.

This is a remarkable book. It is exceptionally complete, thoughtful, and deep.  It avoids the superficial accounting of many texts and does not shy away from controversy. It is fully rooted in today’s science of health psychology.

Stevan E. Hobfoll, Ph.D. Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Medicine, and Preventive Medicine
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

A very nice introductory text that takes a biopsychosocial approach to health and illness, and recognizes the importance of culture, health literacy, and issues such as racism and health inequities/disparities that continue to impact disadvantaged communities.

Cheryl L. Holt
University of Maryland

Like other textbooks, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of health psychology. Unlike other books however, this one takes a holistic-systems approach to health, and uses the novel concept of the Health Onion to do so: The myriad determinants of health are presented as different layers – biological, familial, behavioral, neighborhood, social and cultural – that must be scientifically-examined and peeled away to understand health. Consequently, the book contains many valuable chapters that other textbooks lack, including chapters on macro-level influences (Chapter 2), social justice and social inequality (Chapter 3), and cultural factors (Chapter 4). Moreover, the examples provided to illustrate each layer of the influences on health are global ones, and include health and its psychology in Europe, the USA, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. This unique approach helps students understand that the health of individuals is a part and product of the family, social-network, neighborhood, and society in which they are embedded. Hence, this revised edition provides an excellent overview of health and of the science of health psychology in their local and larger contexts.

Hope Landrine
Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University

Just as the Journal of Health Psychology is not like any other journal in the field, this new edition of David Mark’s "Health Psychology” textbook is different from all the other textbooks in the field. It will broaden your perspectives as it educates your mind.

Kenneth A. Wallston
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Combines really broad scope (eg consideration of social context) with relatively deep and up-to-date consideration of issues. Really useful as an overview of the area of health psychology.

Ms Linda Morison
School of Psychology, Surrey University
November 13, 2017

Very useful for Access students who are intending to study Nursing, Social Work or Mental Health in Higher Education. A very comprehensive account of research methods and professional practice

Mrs Michele Ponting
Access to Higher Education, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
October 3, 2017

This in-depth text supports a wide variety of contemporary topics, many of which have received recent media coverage. The inter-disciplinary relevance is striking and the well-informed yet accessible style allows for a cover-to cover read, or the chance to dip into relevant sections as needed. A superb addition to any bookshelf or book list.
Sally Tazewell, Lecturer in Early Years and Early Childhood Studies, University Centre Weston

Mrs Sally Tazewell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
April 19, 2017

Excellent comprehensive guide

Miss Maria Nolan Fortune
Career Education , Portobello Institute
November 24, 2016

This text is essential for students, it offers up to date information on policy and theory and how it can be applied to practical application. Students can use the text to understand the detriments of health allowing them to develop their knowledge and understanding on how these can influence individuals or communities

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
November 17, 2016

Ch 7- food, diets, obesity

Smaller focus on health literacy (no longer whole chapter but part of Communication chapter) – makes more sense for course mapping

Less focus on community approaches- again, wasn’t crucial to course. Instead, more general ‘Health promotion’ chapter

More on Lifespan issues, such as Death, Dying and Bereavement along with Quality of Life

More on Stress and Coping.

More on Doctor-Patient Communication

New figures

Key terms set out at the end of chapters (as well as in glossary)

New to c/w:
20 Multiple-Choice Questions and 3 Short-Answer
Questions per chapter for the Instructor’s Manual.
10 Multiple-Choice Questions per chapter for the student
self-assessment quiz.

Flipcard Glossary
One revised video clip per chapter of authors discussing the key ideas of each
chapter
Case studies from book
 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Health Psychology: Introduction


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David F. Marks

DAVID F. MARKS served as Head of the School of Psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic, and as Head of the Department of Psychology at City University, London, UK.  Previously David held positions at the University of Sheffield, UK, and at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His other books include The Psychology of the Psychic (1980, with R. Kammann), Theories of Image Formation (1986), Imagery: Current Developments (1990, with J.T.E. Richardson and P. Hampson), The Quit For Life Programme: An Easier Way to Stop Smoking and Not Start Again (1993), Improving the Health of the Nation (1996, with C. Francome), Dealing With Dementia:... More About Author

Michael Murray

MICHAEL MURRAY is Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, UK.  Previously he was Professor of Social and Health Psychology in the Division of Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Michael held positions at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London, UK and at the University of Ulster, Ireland. His previous books include Smoking Among Young Adults (1988, with L. Jarrett, A.V. Swan and R. Rumen) and Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (1999, with K. Chamberlain). Michael is Associate Editor of Psychology & Health and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Health Psychology... More About Author

Brian Evans

BRIAN EVANS is a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University, UK, having previously served there as programme leader of the MSc degree in Health Psychology. Brian has also held positions at City University and the University of Sussex, UK, and at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He is interested in the analysis of psychological research and theory in its socio-political context and his previous publications include IQ and Mental Testing: An Unnatural Science and Its Social History (1981, with B. Waites). Brian is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Health Psychology. More About Author

Emee Vida Estacio

EMEE VIDA ESTACIO is a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology (magna cum laude) at the University of the Philippines and her MSc and PhD in health psychology at City University London. Emee specializes in health promotion and community development and has facilitated action research projects in some of the most deprived areas in the UK and in the Philippines.  As a scholar activist, she became actively involved in supporting activities for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research, CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK. Emee is a steering group member of Health... More About Author

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