This textbook takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying health psychology. It examines five systems that affect individual health outcomes: individual, family/community, social/physical environment, healthcare systems, and health policy. While grounded in psychology, it incorporates perspectives from anthropology, biology, economics, environmental studies, medicine, public health, and sociology. The social ecological perspective on health psychology creates a depth of understanding of the diverse facets of health. This text also examines health from a global perspective by exploring the impact of infectious and chronic illnesses locally, regionally and globally.

This new edition includes updated statistics and references throughout, a new chapter on psychoneuroimmunology, and significant changes and updates to the chapters on health care systems and risky health behaviors. It will be of particular interest to undergraduate students.

For additional resources, consult https://routledge.com/9781138201309, where instructors will find downloadable lecture slides, instructor manual, and testbank.

chapter 1|24 pages

An Interdisciplinary View of Health

chapter 2|32 pages

Research Methods

chapter 3|36 pages

Global Communicable and Chronic Disease

chapter 5|40 pages

Risky Health Behaviors

chapter 6|35 pages

Emotional Health and Well-Being

chapter 7|39 pages

Stress and Coping

chapter 8|24 pages


chapter 9|29 pages

Cardiovascular Disease

chapter 10|30 pages

Chronic Pain Management and Arthritis

chapter 11|34 pages