Psychology for Health Professionals, 1e

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This book provides an introduction to psychology for allied health students and it encourages an understanding of the complex and interactive nature of the factors which influence an individual's health behaviours and health outcomes. Through the use of real life examples, contemporary research and case studies students will be able to apply the material in the text to the health behaviours of the people they care for, their colleagues and themselves. Unlike many health psychology textbooks this new book examines individual personality and psychological theory within the social context of people's lives. This approach is taken because of the increasing awareness that a person's behaviour is not only influenced by internal biological and psychological factors, but also by external factors within the person's social and physical environment. The first half of the book outlines psychological and other relevant theory whilst in the second half those theories are applied to health issues and healthcare practice. Chapters 1-5 presents psychological, lifespan and social theory; chapter 6 addresses the role and contribution of research to healthcare practice; and chapters 7-13 covers the psychological aspects of specific health encounters, issues and interventions.

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"Patricia Barkway offers a fresh approach to phychology in health care, emphasising that the behaviour of an individual is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors...This well-referenced text provides a range of tools to apply psychology effectively in the health care setting.

Nursing Standard, 16 June 2010

"This well condensed text (only 292 pages) succeeds in covering most topics effectively, while reserving space for critical thinking exercises, reviews, case studies, and classroom activities...This book provides a useful compendium of topics health care professionals need to know about." Nurse Education in Practice, January 2010

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