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Health Psychology

Health Psychology
Theory, Research and Practice

Fifth Edition
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February 2018 | 832 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 Fifth 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 Fifth Edition includes:

  • 9 new and expanded chapters
  • 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

This book also comes with access to fantastic online resources including multiple choice quizzes, case studies, test banks and slides that can be easily integrated into your institution's virtual learning environment or learning management system. This allows you to customize and curate content for use in module preparation, delivery and assessment. For instructions on how to upload the resources you want, please visit the Instructors' page or alternatively, contact your local SAGE sales representative.

Chapter 1: Health psychology: an introduction
Chapter 2: The Nervous, Endocrine and Immune Systems, and Principle of Homeostasis
Chapter 3: Genetics, epigenetics and lifespan development
Chapter 4: Macro-social influences
Chapter 5: Social justice
Chapter 6: Culture and health
Chapter 7: A_Z of research methods and issues in health psychology
Chapter 8: Theories, models and interventions
Chapter 9: Sexual health
Chapter 10: Food, diets and obesity
Chapter 11: Alcohol and drinking
Chapter 12: Tobacco and smoking
Chapter 13: Physical activity and exercise
Chapter 14: Information, communication and health literacy
Chapter 15: Lay representations of health and illness
Chapter 16: Screening and immunization
Chapter 17: Health promotion
Chapter 18: Illness and personality
Chapter 19: Medicine taking: adherence and resistance
Chapter 20: Pain and pain control
Chapter 21: Cancer
Chapter 22: Coronary heart disease
Chapter 23: HIV/AIDS
Chapter 24: Chronic conditions
Chapter 25: End of life care


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For students:

 Chapter outlines for each chapter to recap the learning objectives and reinforce the most important material

 Case studies give you an insight into Health Psychology in Australia

 Multiple choice quizzes allow you to assess your understanding of key chapter concepts

 Links to videos that offer a new perspective on material covered in the book

 Glossary flashcards help you strengthen your understanding of key terms and concepts

For lecturers:

 PowerPoint slides featuring figures, tables and key topics from the book can be downloaded and customized for use in your own presentations.

 Testbank of multiple choice questions for each chapter which you can be edited and used to set assignments or exams.

 Case studies which offer insight into Health Psychology in Australia 

• Ability to easily upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s learning management system/ virtual learning system (i.e. your Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs. 

An essential text for both graduate and undergraduate health psychology courses, the authors elegantly and comprehensively explore health psychology in the 21st century.  The fifth edition further advances a critical perspective on health while introducing readers to emerging issues such as long-term conditions and end-of-life care.

Christopher Godfrey
Psychology, Pace University

Marks and colleagues' capacity to provide a global perspective, while including elements of social justice, with a consideration of the social and political determinants of health, makes this text an invaluable companion when introducing undergraduates to the field of health psychology.

Nancy L. Worsham
Professor of Psychology, Gonzaga University

Comprehensive guide for students containing relevant and contemporary issues in health psychology

Miss Clair Tourish
Department of Health Professions, Manchester Metropolitan University
September 4, 2019

I am responsible for a Health psychology course offered at a postgraduate level in Public Health. My students have limited previous "exposure" to Health Psychology. For this reason I found that the particular text book combines both the introductory necessary knowledge for Health psychology and the necessary "depth" required for a postgraduate level of studies.
The books offers the most recent advancements in the core Health psychology. At the same time, the authors put the discipline in a wider social context which fits exactly with the goals of a course offered in a Public Health School.
Regarding the structure, the boxes in the chapters and the Glossary at the end of the books are extremely useful. I also found very helpful for implementing the course in the class, some of the online resources, like multiple choice questions and You Tube videos.
Given the sparsity of Health Psychology books in Greece I would think the current textbook as a valuable contribution, and I'd welcome its Greek translation.
George Koulierakis
Associate Professor of Health Psychology
National School of Public Health
Athens, Greece

Dr George Koulierakis
Sociology, NETWORK
October 2, 2018

Fantastic resource with some contentious and challenging concepts for healthcare professionals

Mr Philip Bright
Research Department, European School of Osteopathy
April 18, 2018
Key features
  • 9 new and expanded chapters
  • Breadth of coverage from social inequality through to chronic illness and screening
  • Introductions to the social, political and economic conditions that influence our health
  • Updated material on stress and coping, doctor-patient communication, death, dying, bereavement and quality of life

Nine new and expanded chapters:

2. The Nervous, Endocrine and Immune Systems, and Principle of Homeostasis  
3. Genetics, epigenetics and lifespan development  
8. Theories, models and interventions  
9. Sexual Health  
21. Cancer  
22. Coronary heart disease  
23. HIV infection and AIDS: the pinnacle of stigma and victim blaming  
24. Long-term conditions: diabetes and ME/CFS  
25. End of life care, dying and death


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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 19: Medicine Taking: Adherence & Resistance

David F. Marks

DAVID F. MARKS was born in Petersfield, England and lives in Provence, France. David graduated from the University of Reading and completed his PhD in mathematical psychology at the University of Sheffield. He held positions at the University of Otago, New Zealand and at University College London. He served as Head of the School of Psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic, and as Head of the Department of Psychology at City, University of London, UK. As a Visiting Professor, he carried out research in the Department of Neurosurgery at Hamamatsu School of Medicine and at the Department of Psychology,  at Kyushu University, in Japan, at the... More About Author

Michael Murray

MICHAEL MURRAY is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Keele University, UK, where he was Head of the School of Psychology. Previously, he was Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Memorial University, Canada, and held positions at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London, UK and at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He has published over 200 books, chapters, journal articles and reports on various issues in social and health psychology. His previous books include Smoking Among Young Adults (1988, with L. Jarrett, A.V. Swan and R. Rumen), Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (1999, with K. Chamberlain) and... More About Author

Emee Vida Estacio

EMEE VIDA ESTACIO is a chartered psychologist, author, speaker, life transformation and health promotion specialist. Originally from the Philippines, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and her MSc and PhD in Health Psychology at City University London. She previously held positions at the University of East London and Keele University. Emee specialises 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... More About Author

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