Higher Education

Health Psychology: An Introduction to Behavior and Health, 8th Edition

  • Linda Brannon McNeese State University
  • Jess Feist Late, McNeese State University
  • John A. Updegraff Kent State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133593070  |  ISBN-13: 9781133593072
  • 544 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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For over 20 years, HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH has remained a leader in the field of health psychology for its scholarship, strong and current research base, and balanced coverage of the cognitive, behavioral, and biological approaches to health psychology. Appreciated by instructors--and accessible and appealing to a wide-range of students, including non-majors--this classic text features a concise writing style, ample pedagogy, and numerous visuals. This edition is updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, and includes many new real-world examples selected for their interest and relevance to today's students. In addition, John Updegraff of Kent State University joins the author team for the Eighth Edition. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • The text features offers strong coverage on diversity in health psychology, including international health research; the impact of issues such as ethnicity, age, and gender on health and research; and exploration of the increasing variety of approaches to health care.
  • Numerous feature boxes discuss interesting contemporary topics such as the use of technology to enhance adherence, stress-relief through biting, health risks of watching televised sports, chocolate's impact on heart disease, benefits of a cognitively challenging job, and how sleep can affect weight.
  • Several "Real World Profiles" engage student interest and show how course topics and chapter concepts can be relevant to real-world situations and students' everyday lives.
  • A health quiz offers students the chance to test their health knowledge as it relates to their own lives.
  • An extensive range of pedagogical features--including self-checks, feature boxes, "Real World Profiles," study aids, applications, hands-on exercises, and activities--are designed to appeal to students, help them fully understand health psychology, and make the text more interactive and interesting.
  • A popular "Q & A" feature at the end of each chapter provides answers to organizing questions posed in the chapter opener, allowing students to revisit and reinforce what they have learned. A media resource section lists references and web links that students can use to expand their knowledge of important health psychology topics.
  • Coverage of physiology and biology is integrated throughout the text rather than placed in a separate chapter. This makes it easier for students who lack a biology or science background to understand and appreciate how these subjects relate to health psychology.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Health Psychology.
2. Conducting Health Research.
3. Seeking and Receiving Health Care.
4. Adhering to Healthy Behavior.
5. Defining, Measuring, and Managing Stress.
6. Understanding Stress, Immunity and Disease.
7. Understanding and Managing Pain.
8. Considering Alternative Approaches.
9. Behavioral Factors in Cardiovascular Disease.
10. Behavioral Factors in Cancer.
11. Living With Chronic Illness.
12. Smoking Tobacco.
13. Using Alcohol and Other Drugs.
14. Eating and Weight.
15. Exercising.
16. Future Challenges.

What's New

  • Thoroughly updated with recent research findings, this edition includes over 600 new references.
  • In this edition, a fresh new voice has been added to the writing team: John Updegraff. John earned his Ph.D. in from one of the top health psychology programs in the United States. He is an influential researcher in health psychology, an acclaimed psychology instructor, and an expert in the areas of health behavior and stress. John brings his passion, knowledge and (occasional) humor to this revision, so the textbook remains current, accurate, and a delightful read for instructors and students.
  • "Would You Believe...?" boxes highlight new topics such as Sheldon Cohen's groundbreaking research, ethical issues surrounding the use of placebos in practice and research, and the links between emotional and physical pain.
  • Intriguing new "Real World Profiles" on Steve Jobs, President Barack Obama, Kirstie Alley, Charlie Sheen, and Tara Costa engage student interest and illustrate how course topics relate to the lives of real people.
  • New "Suggested Readings" have been added throughout the text to shed additional light on major topics in a chapter.
  • New discussions cover issues such as CONSORT guidelines for reporting of clinical trials, the role of stress in weakened response to vaccination, acceptance and commitment therapy for treating pain, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the role of HPV in cervical and oral cancer.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Linda Brannon

Linda Brannon received her Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Brannon is a professor in the department of Psychology at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she has been teaching since receiving her doctorate. After becoming interested in the emerging field of health psychology, Brannon and co-author Jess Feist (late, of McNeese State University) co-authored the first edition of this text in the 1980s. They enjoyed expanding and developing the text along with the field for more than two decades. In addition to her work in health psychology, Dr. Brannon has authored a text on gender and is co-author of an introductory psychology text.

John A. Updegraff

John Updegraff is a professor of social and health psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. Dr. Updegraff received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA, under the mentorship of pioneering health psychologist Shelley Taylor. Dr. Updegraff is an expert in health behavior, health communication, stress, and coping, and is the recipient of multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health. He is an acclaimed undergraduate instructor and his research appears in the field's top journals.