Social Psychology of Health and Illness

Social Psychology of Health and Illness

Social Psychology of Health and Illness

Social Psychology of Health and Illness

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This volume is intended to illustrate the social arena in which physical health and illness compete for existence. The competition itself is so engrossing that it is easy to overlook the importance of its context. Yet the "distant" influences of socialization practices, interpersonal relationships, and social organization can often be as crucial as blood counts and X-rays in determining whether health or illness will emerge the victor. Our essays describe some of the pathways through which these social influences are exerted and also offer suggestions as to how these influences can be tilted in the direction of good health. The broader aim of this volume is to make it clear that a social psychological orientation is a useful conceptual tool for the analysis of health and illness.

We do not mean to imply that this work is a pioneering effort with respect to the aforementioned goals. In recent years there has been an upsurge in many areas of applied social psychology, and the union of medical and social concerns has been a primary focus. Most of our chapters are devoted in part to a review of previous ideas and findings. This volume was created not as a first step, but as a crystalization of earlier undertakings. Heretofore, relevant studies have been dispersed without clear pattern through a vast and diverse literature. It is hoped that bringing this research together in a systematic and accessible manner will reveal the existence and the value of a field of medical social psychology, as opposed to isolated attacks on highly specific problems.

In the same spirit, we have not attempted a comprehensive treatment of all relevant subject matter. Beyond the intimidating physical bulk of such an endeavor, it would be difficult to retain a coherent sense of the outlines of a medical social psychology--a field that we believe both differs from and adds to the somewhat more established subjects of medical sociology and general medical . . .

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