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Health Psychology [Paperback]

Shelley E Taylor

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1 Sep 2011 0071086862 978-0071086868 8
The eighth edition of Health Psychology highlights health issues that face the college student and his or her family through both accessible research examples and profiles of interventions. Drawing on current, cutting-edge research, the text highlights health issues relevant to the college student’s immediate and global environment such as coping with stress, maintaining physical health, and making decisions about alcohol and smoking. This edition contains clear descriptions of current research into the prevention, treatment, and causes (social, genetic, and biological) of specific health related disorders.

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Shelley E. Taylor is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. After a visiting professorship at Yale and assistant and associate professorships at Harvard University, she joined the faculty of UCLA in 1979. Her research interests are in health psychology, especially the factors that promote long-term psychological adjustment, and in social cognition. In the former capacity, she is the codirector of the Health Psychology program at UCLA. Professor Taylor is the recipient of a number of awards, most notably the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology Award, a 10-year Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and an Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award in Health Psychology. She is the author of more than 200 publications in journals and books and is also the author of Social Cognition, Positive Illusions, and The Tending Instinct.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dry, Outdated Material 18 Nov 2012
By Brett M - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book for an online class and was thankful that we didn't use it for our discussion boards; we only used it for the test portion of class.

To begin with, a majority of the material supported in the text is backed up by research that was conducted in the 90's, even though this is the 8th edition to the book. The chapters overlap, which in principle is fine, but happens way too much and because of this you're practically reading the same argument over and over again with each chapter. The text doesn't make any "groundbreaking" claims (it only reinforces knowledge that anyone has with a few PSYC courses under their belt) and shy's away from controversial health psychology subjects (such as the controversial subject of pain medication). Because of all of these facts, the book is incredibly dry and is a pain to read through if you have to read it. Our professor has acknowledged this as well and is using a different book for the next semester.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Textbook Ever 30 Nov 2012
By Afbalko - Published on Amazon.com
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This is honestly the worst textbook I have ever read in my 4 years of college courses. Never have I absolutely hated a textbook so badly. It is boring, repetitive, and so poorly organized. I feel like the author needed to meet a page number quota and just filled the whole book with a bunch of in-text citations (which are mostly outdated). The examples and data contradict one another half the time, and so it's really a hit or miss what you'll be tested on because the professors can just choose which "right or more right" answer they believe is correct. Avoid this book if possible... its torture!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far too technical and bland... 11 April 2012
By silver575 - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I took a Health Psychology class online to pass some time while I prepare for nursing school in the Fall. I assumed the class was easy more or less, but I was quite wrong, mostly due the teacher's reliance on this boring, over-citated, confusing textook.

First of all, I do respect the author's work, Shelly Taylor, but she needs to dumb down and really start condensing her ramblings to a more healthare-oriented PRACTICAL level, instead of reams of theories upon theories and outdated citations. The seventh edition, which the one I bought, had no color at all, only grey and blue-green turquoise colors. There is alot of research-oriented material, which is okay if you need to write a thesis or grad paper, but there is no consistency between giving so much research citations and actually learning the health psychology in my opinion.

The chapters are WAY TOO LONG!! Each chapter on average can be 19-24 pages, with only 1 or 2 pages of actual juicy learning between all the references and case studies. She often sounds elated with redundant voculabulary and uses "ameliorate" often which is quite annoying!

Some material is useful if you can find it and have lots of patience before dozing off. Most of the work is repetitive and almost comparable to a filler in a careless meat product. This author probably just wanted to fluff the chapters with jargon and random trivia to make it more expensive.

All in all, unless the professor force feeds the class this book in lectures, stay clear of Shelly Taylor's health book. Simply not worth the money.
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 2 April 2014
By Heidi Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Not an exciting text to read, hard to keep my attention. I would prefer more pictures and interaction. Perhaps an online guide or program to accompany this text would help.
4.0 out of 5 stars good info 24 Oct 2013
By Chelsea - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some good health information that anyone who wants to change their lifestyle into a healthier one could benefit from. Info is straightforward and easy to understand.
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