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Perceptions of Health & Illnes - Keith J. Petrie

Perceptions of Health & Illnes

Paperback Published: 5th September 2007
ISBN: 9789057021039
Number Of Pages: 520

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The study of how individuals perceive and make sense of health and illness is a new and rapidly developing area in health psychology. The field has seen important recent theoretical developments and applications to a wide range of health threats and illnesses. The first section of this book examines the current theoretical and measurement issues in the field and includes issues related to illness perceptions across the lifespan, disability, and the assessment of illness perceptions in chronic illness. The second section addresses the role of illness perceptions in health screening and prevention and includes work on perceptions of genetic disease, cancer screening, and how individuals process health risk information. The third section is concerned with the application of the illness perceptions approach to patients with chronic illness and those undergoing treatment. Illnesses examined using this approach include chronic fatigue syndrome, breast cancer, diabetes, and myocardial infarction.

List of Contributors
Perceptions of Health and Illnessp. 1
Illness representations: Theoretical foundationsp. 19
Children's perceptions of health and illnessp. 47
Are there differences in perceptions of illness across the lifespan?p. 77
Measurement of illness perceptions in patients with chronic somatic illnesses: A reviewp. 103
Representations of medication and treatment: Advances in theory and measurementp. 155
Representations of disabilityp. 189
Cognitive representations and preventative health behavior: A reviewp. 213
Illness representations after the human genome project: The perceived role of genes in causing illnessp. 241
Processing risk factor information: Defensive biases in health-related judgments and memoryp. 267
Screening for cancer: Illness perceptions and illness worryp. 291
Illness representations and the self-management of diabetesp. 323
Self regulation and psycho-educational interventions for rheumatic diseasep. 349
Illness representations and breast cancer: Coping with radiation and chemotherapyp. 379
The role of illness cognitions and coping in the aetiology and maintenance of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)p. 411
Illness representations and recovery from myocardial infarctionp. 441
Virtual narratives: Illness representations in online support groupsp. 463
Indexp. 487
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ISBN: 9789057021039
ISBN-10: 905702103X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 5th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1