The Social Psychology of Health
Essays and Readings
- William D. Marelich - California State University, Fullerton, USA
- Jeff S. Erger - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Health Psychology | Social Psychology (General) | Sociology of Health and Illness
The remaining four sections cover major topics within the field of health psychology, mirroring the major topical coverage of most introductory health psychology textbooks, from health attitude change to the health-care setting, stress and coping and social relationships, and health policy.
"The volume includes classic readings as well as more up-to-date selections, and most are engaging, interesting, and easy to read. . . . The volume editors do a wonderful job of explaining concepts in easy-to-understand language and provide useful examples that students should be able to relate to. Undergraduates should find this a fun and relevant book to read, and the essays should provide a good starting point for class discussions. . . . One strength of the book is the breadth. The volume editors obviously have extensive knowledge and different perspectives to bring to this area."
"The content of the individual essays and the introductions to the articles are thorough and very readable. Students will find them to be helpful orientations to the articles they are about to read. . . . The strength of this volume is the product of the disciplinary backgrounds of the authors. They have done a good job of actually drawing together into one volume significant articles from psychology, sociology, and to some extent, epidemiology and public health. This increases the range of the book. Most importantly from an educational standpoint, it supports an interdisciplinary approach to the social psychology of health."
Along with other learning materials this book will definitely assist students in completing this unit
This book covers a broad area of topics related to health as seen from a psychological perspective. Some great articles are included which are relevant to health and clinical psychology. University students would find this a really good source for relevant courses
I particularly like the chapter on stress and coping. A particularly relevant book for all students of health and health related topics