Professional Books -- Family Health Psychology Edited by T. J. Akamatsu, M. A. P. Stephens, S. E. Hobfoll and J. H. Crowther

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Professional Books -- Family Health Psychology Edited by T. J. Akamatsu, M. A. P. Stephens, S. E. Hobfoll and J. H. Crowther


Rolland, John S., Journal of Marital and Family Therapy


Akamatsu, T. J., Stephens, M. A. P., Hobfoll, S.E., & Crowther, J.H. (Eds.). (1992). Family health psychology. Washington, DC: Hemisphere, 254 pp., $49.50.

Over the past decade there has been a burgeoning of interest in the application of family systems theory and clinical approaches to physical disorders and collaboration among health and mental health professionals. This rapidly growing field represents the careful work of numerous researchers, clinicians, and theoreticians from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, family medicine, family therapy, and other social sciences.

This edited volume, based on presentations given at the Third Kent Psychology Forum held in 1991, represents a valuable addition to this body of knowledge. This conference represented part of the evolving integration of family and health issues into psychology. The purpose of the editors was to provide a timely review of research and applied topics from a diversity of perspectives in the area of families and health. Although this volume is intended as a voice for health psychology, the contributors represent a wide range of disciplines. In this respect, this book will be of interest to individuals from other professional backgrounds.

The book is divided into three sections. The first covers families and prevention, addressing topics such as family influences on health cognitions and prevention issues associated with families of children facing life-threatening and terminal illnesses. The second section addresses family and couples issues as they relate to chronic illness. The third section focuses on family issues in treatment.

This book represents a useful addition to the edited books that already exist in this area. One of its greatest strengths lies not in its comprehensiveness (which is rarely achieved in an edited book) but in its diversity of viewpoints and orientations. …

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