Social Psychological Foundations of Health and Illness

Social Psychological Foundations of Health and Illness

Editor(s): Jerry Suls, Kenneth A. Wallston

Published Online: 24 DEC 2009

Print ISBN: 9780631225157

Online ISBN: 9780470753552

DOI: 10.1002/9780470753552

About this Book

Social Psychological Foundations of Health and Illness is a summary of current research in social-health psychology. The chapters, written by distinguished leaders in the field, provide brief surveys of classic developments in each area of study followed by extended discussion of the authors' research programs.


  • Includes state-of-the-art descriptions of new findings and theories concerning social aspects of physical health and illness.
  • Discusses virtually all of the major topics studied in the contemporary field of social-health psychology.
  • Contains chapters written by leading figures in the field that discuss their own research within the context of classic efforts.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Models of Health/Risk Behavior and Behavior Change

  2. Part II: Social-cognitive Processes in Health

    1. Chapter 12

      Affiliation, Social Support, and Biobehavioral Responses to Stress (pages 314–331)

      Shelley E. Taylor, Laura C. Klein, Tara L. Gruenewald, Regan A. R. Gurung and Sara Fernandes-Taylor

  3. Part III: Personality and Health

  4. Part IV: Adaptation to Stress and Chronic Illness

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