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Retaining the celebrated critical approach that has been a hallmark of this book, the Third Edition now incorporates research from a fuller range of perspectives including more mainstream, evidence-based approaches. The book continues to offer more community psychological and sociological viewpoints on disease prevention and health promotion than any other textbook for this course.
Key features of the third edition include four brand new chapters in the book on Theories, Models and Interventions Aplied to Sexual Helth; Information and Communication; Health Literacy; Community and Alternative Approaches, extensive pedagogical features, including chapter outlines and summaries of key ideas, and guidelines for further research. Boxed case studies, tables and figures and cutting edge research are integrated throughout to aid students′ understanding of this fascinating field; a new accompanying companion website with a full suite of instructor materials and online readings for students.
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DAVID F. MARKS served as Head of the School of Psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic, and as Head of the Department of Psychology at City University, London, UK. Previously David held positions at the University of Sheffield, UK, and at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His other books include The Psychology of the Psychic (1980, with R. Kammann), Theories of Image Formation (1986), Imagery: Current Developments (1990, with J.T.E. Richardson and P. Hampson), The Quit For Life Programme: An Easier Way to Stop Smoking and Not Start Again (1993), Improving the Health of the Nation (1996, with C. Francome), Dealing With Dementia: Recent European Research (2000, with C.M. Sykes), The Psychology of the Psychic (Revised Edition) (2000), The Health Psychology Reader (2002), Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology (2004, with L. Yardley), and Overcoming Your Smoking Habit (2005). David is the Editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and Health Psychology Open.Review:
'The book provides an excellent foundation to health psychology. It brings readers up to date with past controversies and current difficulties and suggests areas for further research to promote positive health behaviours and a healthy nation' - Janette C Allotey, Nurse Researcher `This text provides a useful and refreshing addition to health psychology texts with a very applied social, and cultural focus. It would make a useful addition to any undergraduate or Masters course in health psychology' -British Journal of Health Psychology
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