Health Psychology: A Textbook

Health Psychology: A Textbook

Health Psychology: A Textbook

Health Psychology: A Textbook


This fourth edition incorporates a number of substantive new topics, including a new chapter on women's health, as well as opportunities for the reader to critically examine key conceptual and methodological issues within each chapter. It remains clearly written and highly accessible and still deserves its place as the number one choice of health psychology textbook.
- John Weinman, King's College, London

The market leading textbook in the field, Health Psychology by Jane Ogden is essential reading for all students and researchers of health psychology. It will also be invaluable to students of medicine, nursing and allied health. Retaining the breadth of coverage, clarity and relevance that has made it a favourite with students and lecturers, this fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated.

New Features:

  • New chapter on women's health issues, exploring recent research into pregnancy, miscarriage, birth, menopause and related areas
  • New "Problems" boxes analyse health psychology research and identify the shortcomings and limitations of research in the area
  • Updated "Focus on Research" examples introduce you to contemporary topics and emerging areas for research in health psychology, including exercise, smoking and pain.
  • The new edition includes new data, graphs and further reading plus suggestions about where you can access the most recent publications and other data
  • Revised end-of-chapter review questions
Online Learning Centre:

The OLC hosts web links and multiple choice questions for students, plus supporting teaching resources including teaching tips and PowerPoint presentations for lecturers.

Interested in accessing more research readings? Essential Readings in Health Psychology by Jane Ogden is a new collection of key papers brought together for the first time in one volume which complements Health Psychology: A Textbook 4/e and offers more detailed accounts of the issues covered in this text.


This chapter first examines the problem of compliance and then describes Ley's (1981, 1989) cognitive hypothesis model of communication, which emphasizes patient understanding, recall and satisfaction. This educational perspective explains communication in terms of the transfer of knowledge from medical expert to layperson. Such models of the transfer of expert knowledge assume that the health professionals behave according to their education and training, not their subjective beliefs. the chapter then looks at the role of information in terms of determining compliance and also in terms of the effect on recovery, and then reviews the adherence model, which was an attempt to go beyond the traditional model of doctor-patient communication. Next, the chapter focuses on the problem of variability and suggests that variability in health professionals' behaviour is not only related to levels of knowledge but also to the processes involved in clinical decision making and the health beliefs of the health professional. This suggests that many of the health beliefs described in Chapter 2 are also relevant to health professionals. Finally, the chapter examines health professional-patient communication as an interaction and the role of agreement, shared models, patient centredness and informed choice.

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