5 Asthma

Health Psychology


  1. Karen B. Schmaling PhD

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop209005

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Schmaling, K. B. 2012. Asthma. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 9:III:5.

Author Information

  1. Washington State University, Vancouver, Office of Academic Affairs and Department of Psychology, Vancouver, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Global asthma prevalence has increased dramatically in recent decades, despite advances in our understanding of the complexities that characterize this illness and in our treatment of it. The goals of asthma treatment are control and reduced impairment; achieving these goals is hindered by lack of provider adherence to evaluation and treatment standards and by patient perceptions, beliefs, comorbid psychiatric disorders, and self-management behaviors. Psychosocial interventions can help patients with asthma achieve asthma control and experience few functional limitations.


  • asthma;
  • adherence;
  • perception;
  • stress;
  • treatment