Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health
- Publish Date: 2010-11-05
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Deborah Fish Ragin
Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach offers a critical examination of the biopsychosocial model of health and proposes the use of the ecological model as a more comprehensive explanation of health outcomes; both of which are unique approaches in a health psychology text.Â Â
The ecological model explores the impact of five systems on individual health outcomes: the individual (including physiology), the family/community, physical and social environments, healthcare systems and health policy.Â Unlike the biopsychological modelÂ which represents a combination of three fieldsâbiology, psychology and sociology -Â the ecological modelÂ includes research and findings from medical anthropology, economics, ethnopharmacology, environmental studies, medicine and public health, in addition to biology, psychology and sociology. Thus, it offers a truly interdisciplinary approach to the study of health.
ÂFinally, the text uniquely examines infectious diseases and chronic illnesses from a local, regional and global perspective. The diverse perspectives illustrate the roles of each of the five systems on health.
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