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Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach Hardcover – March 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1285062112 ISBN-10: 1285062116 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3 edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285062116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285062112
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1. Health Psychology: Setting the Stage. 2. Cultural Approaches to Health. 3. Essential Physiology. 4. Stress across Cultures. 5. Coping and Social Support. 6. Models of Behavior Change. 7. Health Behaviors: Eating, Physical Activity, Smoking, and Drinking. 8. Factors Surrounding Illness. 9. Pain. 10. Chronic Illness, Terminal Illness, and Death. 11. Psychoneuroimmunology and HIV. 12. Culture and Cancer. 13. Culture and Cardiovascular Disease. 14. The Future of Health Psychology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Regan A. R. Gurung is the chair of the psychology department at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. His research interests include stress and coping, changing health behaviors, and the media and health. He currently teaches courses in health psychology and culture, development, and health and has published widely in journals such as Psychological Review. Gurung has won several teaching awards, most recently the University of Wisconsin Green Bay's 2004 Founders Association Award for Excellence.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Ebels on August 9, 2014
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The desrciption does not match what you reicieve. It is a package of the books pages but it does not have a binding and so you either have to keep track off all the loose pages or put them in a binder. The papers are in great condition but I wasn't prepared to read my textbook out of a binder
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By Firpo Carr on September 26, 2014
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I found this book very engaging. As is reflected in the title, it doesn't just talk about "health psychology" (I just read and studied a book that dealt exclusively with that subject), it explores the subject from "a cultural approach." For example, it doesn't stop at the examination of eating disorders (e.g., overweight, obesity, anorexia, bulimia, etc. ) from a health psychologist's point of view, it actually documents how eating disorders are influenced by different cultures. (Virtually elements of every culture stresses over 'body shape and image.)

Research shows that both European American women and Asian American women are concerned with how they look body-wise. Eating disorders are prevalent, not only in North America, but "especially in Japan, Singapore, Korea, the Middle East, and Africa" (p. 221). I was impressed with the detail with which the author delineated the rate of eating disorders among ethnic groups within the U.S.; such groups as Latino/Hispanic, European American, African American, Asian American, although not so much Pacific Islanders (although Fijians were briefly discuss), Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or "Others."

At any rate, I very much appreciated the overall conversation on the nuances of the cultural approach to health psychology. It's a good read, no doubt.
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By Marie on January 22, 2014
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This book helps with understanding the different aspects of Health Psychology. The only issue were some chapters put too much in one chapter. For instance, there was a chapter (I believe it was chapter 3) that wrote about the Nervous system, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, and Immunity all in one. I understand it was an overview; however, I would have liked more breadth and depth instead of chunking it all in one.
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By srenee on November 7, 2013
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I must say I'm very disappointed with this textbook. I had the option to buy the older version and I guess I should have. There are several instances in the Tables where the wrong picture or table is inserted for the description! This is just poor workmanship. Also, the definitions seem too difficult for this author to submit as they are not clearly defined as much as they are a little loose for interpretation.
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