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Critical Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology

by Poul Rohleder SAGE Publications Ltd
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Giving a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology, this book challenges some of the preconceptions of ill health of the biomedical approach and explores how health and illness is often shaped by factors such as culture, poverty, gender and sexuality. It 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.

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
Quality in Qualitative Research

'...the book proved to be interesting and helpful in its illustration of approaches and ways of understanding distress and difficulty'
Dr Paul Rohleder is Acting Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University. His research interests are varied, but can broadly be classified as focusing on critical health psychology. He is particularly interested in psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, partly due to having trained and worked in South Africa, where HIV is such a pressing health issue.