What is health psychology? Do states of mind influence health? How do people cope with illness and poor health? How does the relationship between an individual and the society around them affect their health? "Foundations of Health Psychology" provides a critical examination of the field of health psychology, examining the key ideas behind this emerging discipline and its subsequent development. Posing fundamental questions about the relationship between psychology and the wider cultural and social forces which shape theory and practice, the text encourages and develops critical thinking.
RON ROBERTS is a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. His principal research interests include social inequalities in health and quality of life, and he has published over fifty articles. - ANTHONY TOWELL is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Leader for MSc Health Psychology at the University of Westminster, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Hospital for Sick children, Great Ormond Street, London. - JOHN F GOLDING is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster and Visiting Researcher at the Medical Research Council Human Movement and Balance Unit, London.