3. Clinical Health Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin4,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD5,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)6,
  4. Michael Kyrios7,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier8 and
  6. José M. Prieto9
  1. John Weinman1,
  2. Ronan O'Carroll2 and
  3. Keith J. Petrie3

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch3

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Weinman, J., O'Carroll, R. and Petrie, K. J. (2011) Clinical Health Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 5

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 6

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 7

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 8

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 9

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Psychiatry in King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    University of Stirling, UK

  3. 3

    University of Auckland, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • clinical health psychology;
  • health psychology, a broad field - focusing on role of psychological processes in health, illness and healthcare delivery;
  • term “clinical health psychology” - applied to areas of health psychology, concerned with understanding psychological responses of patients with physical health problems;
  • powerful ways, to influence noticing of symptoms - manipulating an individual's attentional focus;
  • along with attentional focus, the way individuals - cognitively organize and interpret physiological sensations, strong influence on symptom reporting, and CS-SRM;
  • cognitive, emotional, and behavioral response to illness;
  • tertiary interventions, range of approaches - helping patients, to manage or cope with chronic health problems;
  • adherence and outcome - cumulative research evidence on intentional nonadherence, two important factors;
  • nocebo effects in treatment, patients experiencing and reporting positive effects - from an active or inert treatment, if they have positive expectancies, and showing negative effects, as side-effects;
  • selective, state of the art overview of field of clinical health psychology - fast-growing area of research and practice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Response to Symptoms and Investigations

  • Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Response to Illness

  • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

  • Treatment Behavior

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • References