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Health Psychology

Health Psychology
Theory, Practice and Research

  • Meena Hariharan - Professor & Head, Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad
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August 2020 | 548 pages | SAGE Texts

A comprehensive textbook covering the theories of health behaviour and their analysis, application value and research potential.

Satisfying a long-standing need for an approachable textbook that brings together the Western and Indian perspective on health psychology, this book coherently presents the knowledge diversified across various narrow sub-fields. Each chapter is illustrated with engaging diagrams, real-life examples and recent research studies to make the content easy to understand as well as application-oriented. Dedicated text boxes for practitioners and researchers in the area are expected to stimulate students to think innovatively along culturally relevant lines and take steps towards meaningful research.

Health Psychology: Theory, Practice and Research will prove to be an indispensable companion for students of undergraduate and postgraduate levels, researchers and practitioners in psychology, as well as for medical and paramedical studies.

Key Features:

Enriched with real-life cases, engaging illustrations and citations from major research studies

•           Insights into culturally relevant problems and interventions

•           Identification of research design and practitioner’s action points for every theme

•           Self-explanatory and student-friendly treatment of topics, following curriculum guidelines of major Indian universities


Origin and Evolution of Health Psychology
Health and Health Psychology
Health Protection and Health Promotion Behaviour
Health Risk Behaviour
Theories of Health Behaviour
Physiology of Human Body
Stress and Illness
Chronic Illness: Bio-Psychosocial Approach
Patient Care: Impact on Caregivers and Doctors
Resilience, Health and Wellbeing
Biopsychosocial Impact of Pandemic

Meena Hariharan

Meena Hariharan is the Professor of the Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad. She is the founder Director of this Centre, which was launched in 2007. She headed her team of faculty in building this unique Centre in India that offers postgraduate degree and a PhD programme in health psychology. Professor Hariharan has been working in the area of behavioural cardiology for more than a decade and resilience studies for more than three decades. Her work mainly concentrates on patients with hypertension and those who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Her research in the area includes various... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353883492