The Social Psychology of Drug Abuse

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SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH
Second Edition
Wolfgang Stroebe
If you are a student of social or health psychology, or if you are working in one of
the health professions, you are likely at some point to address questions such as
the following:
Which behaviour patterns are detrimental to health?
Why do people engage in such behaviour, even if they know about its negative
effects?
How can people be influenced to change their behaviour?
What do we mean by stressful life events and how can their impact on health
be mediated?

In Social Psychology and Health you will find these major health topics discussed
from a social psychological perspective. During recent decades there have been
significant changes in conceptions of health and illness, with a move towards a
broader conception of health to include physical, mental and social well-being. In
line with these changes, health psychology has become a dominant force in the
health sciences. This relatively new field of psychology is much influenced by
social psychological theory and research, and the focus of the book reflects this.

Social Psychology and Health gives an up-to-date perspective on these key health
psychology questions. The book argues for an integrative approach that combines
psychological, economic and environmental interventions in order to reduce the
potential risks to health arising from behaviour or stressful life events.

The second edition of this highly successful textbook has been extensively revised,
expanded and updated. Much new material has been added based on research
done in the past five years, in particular drawing on the author’s own research
into obesity and sexual risk behaviour. Many of the epidemiological examples and
more than a third of the references have been updated. It is essentially a new book
which will make an important contribution to the literature.


Contents

Changing conceptions of health and illness – Determinants of health behaviour: a social
psychological analysis – Beyond persuasion: the modification of health behaviour –
Behaviour and health: excessive appetites – Behaviour and health: self-protection – Stress
and health – Moderators of the stress-health relationship – The role of social psychology
in health promotion – Glossary – References – Author index – Subject index.

3S2pp 0 335 19921 6 (Paperback) 0 335 19922 4 (Hardback)

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