Which behaviour patterns are detrimental to health?Why do people engage in such behaviour, even if they know about its negative effects?How can people be influenced to change their behaviour?
This popular textbook addresses these key questions from a social psychological perspective. Recent research has been added to the new edition including the author's own research into obesity, sexual risk behaviour, and the stressful consequences of losing a marriage partner through death. The epidemiological information and references have been extensively updated. By integrating theories and research on automatic behaviour with the more traditional reasoned action approach, the book provides a new answer to the age-old puzzle of health research; why people engage in behaviour which they know will damage their health. The book also:
Discusses determinants of health behaviour, based on the most recent research on social cognitionIncludes a review of research on the health impact of health behaviour and stressConsiders how behaviour is influenced by environmental factors outside individual awarenessArgues for an integrative approach that combines psychological, economic and environmental interventions in order to reduce the potential risk to health arising from behaviour or stressful events.
Social Psychology and Health 3rd edition is essential reading for students taking social and health psychology courses. It is also useful for students of health and social welfare and provides a reference for health researchers and health professionals.
Wolfgang Stroebe is Professor of Social Psychology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he was founding director of the Research Institute for Psychology and Health, incorporating leading health researchers from Dutch and Belgian universities.
Preface Changing conceptions of health and illness Determinants of health behaviour: deliberate and automaticinstigation of action Beyond persuasion: the modification of health behaviour Behaviour and health: excessive appetites Behaviour and health: self-protection Stress and health Moderators of the stress-health relationship The role of social psychology in health promotion Glossary References Author index Subject index