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"This book extends the ongoing discussion on critical approaches within clinical and health psychology. In particular, it emphasises the need to consider the importance of social and cultural factors in understanding health, illness and disability. With detailed examination of a wide range of empirical studies it demonstrates the vibrancy of contemporary critical psychological research."
- Michael Murray, Keele University
"Provides an original overview of areas within health and clinical psychology that are frequently overlooked in other textbooks. It is distinctive in three major ways: first, it takes an explicitly critical approach, and therefore locates our current psychological understandings of issues within health and clinical psychology within their broader social and cultural contexts. Second, it considers both physical and mental health simultaneously, which is a major strength. Third, it is unique in its scope and focus. In achieving these distinctive features, this text competently draws on up-to-date research and literature across a range of disciplines and fields in an accessible and engaging manner... I personally think it should be a must-read for all those studying and working within the health psychology field!"
- Antonia Lyons, Massey University
This textbook gives a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. Challenging some of the preconceptions of ill-health of the biomedical approach, the book explores how health and illness is often shaped by factors such as culture, poverty, gender and sexuality, and examines how these influences impact on the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness as well as disability. Students are introduced to literature from disciplines other than psychology to provide multiple perspectives on these complex issues.
Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology is a key textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in health or clinical psychology, as well as for students from other disciplines related to health and mental health care.
Poul Rohleder is a Reader in clinical and health psychology and Academic Tutor on the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, UK. He is predominantly a qualitative researcher, whose research interests focus mostly on psychosocial aspects of HIV and sexual health, disability and sexual health, mental health and sexuality. He has published widely in these areas
Introduction: Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology Locating the Field Understanding Health, Illness and Disability Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology Chapter 1: Psychosocial and Critical Models of Health, Illness and Disability Health, Illness and Psychology The Biopsychosocial Model Psychological Models of Mental Health Sociological Critiques of the Medical Model Critical Psychology Chapter 2: Understanding and Changing Health Behaviours Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Health Behaviours Ecological Systems Theory Community and Structural Interventions Chapter 3: Culture Dimensions of Culture Culture and Illness Experience Culture and Mental Health Culture, Body Image and Disordered Eating Culture and Disability Health Care as Cultural Chapter 4: Socio-economic Status SES and Disease SES and Mental Health SES and Disability Homelessness and Health Explaining SES Health Inequalities SES and the Professional-Patient Interaction Chapter 5: Gender Gender Disparities in Health Gender and Sexual Health Gender, Body Image and Disordered Eating Gender and Mental Health Gender and Disability Chapter 6: Sexuality Homosexuality and the Mental Health Professions Homosexuality, Ill-Health and Health Care 'African Sexuality' and HIV/AIDS Sexuality and People with Disabilities Chapter 7: Research Methods for a Critical Approach to Clinical and Health Psychology Different Methods in Qualitative Research Mixed-Methods Quality in Qualitative Research