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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 4 edition (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335222641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335222643
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.8 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,154,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a comprehensive overview of psychological knowledge inrelation to health and illness. I particularly liked the book's emphasis on theoretical explanations of health behaviour. The clear and accessible style of writing and the way theory is applied through illustrative examples make this book very useful for teaching purposes." - Ad Kaptein, Editor Psychology and Health "Jane Ogden has succeeded in producing a very clear, readable and up-to-datecritical overview of health psychology with a refreshing European focus." - John Weinman, UMDS Guy's and St Thomas's "Jane Ogden has produced a superb source-book of information for nurses and other health professionals...Although this is a textbook, I found it easy to become engrossed in it as an interesting book in its own right...The book is extremely well produced and attractively packaged. It is also priced at a level that is likely to make it popular with, and accessible to, a wide range of readers...If you are looking for a good way into the topic of health psychology, you need look no further."- Nursing Times "...a great achievement..an excellent textbook. It should be recommended to all who are interested in an up-to-date overview of health psychology." - Journal of Health Psychology "...a welcome addition...It is highly recommended for anyone organising courses on health psychology."- De Psycholoog "...works particularly well as a textbook as it is clearly laid out, incorporates chapter overviews, provides questions and discussion points, and draws on extensive research from around the world." - Journal of Epidemiology and Community Care "...a comprehensive and well written introduction to general health psychology." - Journal of Advanced Nursing "...now that Jane Ogden's book has been published I feel that health psychology has finally come of age." - Psychology Teaching Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jane Ogden is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. Her research interests include eating behaviours, obesity, health communication and women’s health.

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This chapter examines the background against which health psychology developed in terms of (1) the traditional biomedical model of health and illness that emerged in the nineteenth century, and (2) changes in perspectives of health and illness over the twentieth century. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DH on 18 May 2009
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During my MSc in Health Psychology I found this book excellent at explaining the important health psychology models and some interesting research in key areas of health. I have gone on to use it as a reference book in my PhD. I would recommend this to anyone intereted in health psychology and it is a must have for anyone doing a masters or an undergrad module on health psychology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martika Chisnall on 8 April 2010
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This is a really simple book to read and well laid out. Each chapter begins with an overview and a list of bullet points of what areas are to be covered in that chapter.

Whether you are searching for specific information or have a general interest in Psychology and enjoy reading, I would recommend this book. I have not read this through yet, but what I have read has been interesting and informative....am looking forward to reading it through properly...!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Grant on 14 Jun. 2011
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This book is so accessible. It makes health psychology and related areas (such as clinical) interesting and engaging even if not used for studies. The concepts and theories are clear to understand, have current and useful research examples and are well evaluated. The book is laid out in an easy to read and logical format which makes it easy for anyone interested in this area at any level.

It is a definate must read for any psychology undergraduate in particular whether studying Health psychology or not as the areas are applicable to other academic ares and real life! Furthermore the way the theories are shown to be supported with research lead to further interesting and useful reading. Moreover, the framework it uses for critically evaluating concepts and theories can be applied beyond the scope of the topics outlined - which is very useful for any degree really!

Definitely recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SHurcs87 on 4 Aug. 2011
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This book is great for giving you an overview of all health psychology matters both from a theoretical and applied perspective.

The 'testing a theory' boxes provide a good starting point for reading and understanding published journal articles and the summary and end of chapter questions help ensure you have understodd the information correctly.

I purchased this book the summer before beginning an MSc in Health Psychology having been out of university for a few years. It helped freshen up my memory and provided me with the relevant perspectives and background knowledge for the MSc so that I felt confident when starting the course. Since then I have picked it up as a starting point for every assignment I have written.

Cannot rate highly enough. Any psychology student or anyone with an interest in health would find both the content and the layout easy to understand and accessible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chickabiddybex on 26 Jan. 2010
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This book was highly recommended by my course leader at university for any health, medical or psychology related modules/degrees. I can honestly say I would not have passed without this book!
All research is recent and up to date.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MR on 25 Dec. 2002
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An excellent introduction to Health Psychology, but I did find it a bit too theoretical and rather basic at times. There is also relatively little emphasis on personality and health, despite strong evidence for interactions between these. I expected to see coverage of the five factor model and health behaviours/outcomes, and more on heart disease and hostility. But good coverage and excellent set of references for further reading.
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I used this textbook in my final year undergraduate Psychology degree. Out of all the Health Psychology textbooks on the market, I would recommend this one. It is easy to read and while it conveys a lot of detail on theories and research findings it never becomes overly complex. Ogden has also very helpfully included summaries of important studies for the topic areas in each chapter and also includes some criticisms and problems to consider about theories and research conducted in Health Psychology. The chapter on critical thinking is also very useful and can be applied to other areas in Psychology. The Essential readings in Health Psychology textbook is a useful companion and the articles in that book are helpfully linked to the chapters in this book and this is also useful for making comparisons across topics. The chapters also end with some handy references and also some questions to help you think further about the topic. There is also a companion website to go with the textbook, which is somewhat useful but will hopefully be expanded on more over time.

Most importantly the textbook is not too thick and none of the chapters take a particularly long time to read, while still conveying an excellent amount of information. This is book is a vital resource for anyone studying Health Psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss C on 23 Jun. 2011
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Throughout my own psychology BSc (Hons) I found this book extremely useful. The well laid out and easy to read nature of the book means it is easy to dip into and find exactly what you need. The examples used were both relevant and fun, making the book an easier read than some. Whilst the topic is very detailed Ogden gives the necessary information in a clear format, often aided by diagrams. I will be teaching Psychology next year and will be sure to use the book whenever necessary.
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