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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Advances in Health Psychology

Critical Approaches

ISBN 9780230275386
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Why did critical health psychology emerge? How have categories of social class and gender impacted on social identities? Where can health policy go from here, and how will health psychology inform its development?

With contributions from leading experts in the field, this book deepens our understanding of health psychology at a time where traditional approaches are being rethought. Covering contemporary issues and with a focus on both mainstream and non-traditional areas, including material on social identities and social class, gender, and leadership in the NHS, the book provides cutting edge coverage of theory and research. Crucially, the book considers how theory impacts on practice and how health psychology can ignite change in health policy.

Covering important issues with clear and fresh insight, this is indispensable reading for students, researchers and practitioners of health psychology, health studies and public health.

CHRISTINE HORROCKS is Professor of Applied Social Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

SALLY JOHNSON is Lecturer at the University of Bradford, UK, and a Health Psychologist. She leads the Applied Health and Social Psychology Group based in the Division of Psychology.

Introduction -How can we Advance Health Psychology?; C.Horrocks & S.Johnson
Working with the Tensions between Critique and Action in Critical Health Psychology; S.Johnson
Critical Health Psychology and the Scholar-activist Tradition; M.Murray
Changing Behaviour: Can Critical Psychology Influence Policy and Practice?; W.Stainton Rogers
Social Class, Socioeconomic Status and 'health-risk' Behaviours: A critical Analysis; K.Day
Men's Health: Thinking about Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Sensitive Services; C.Horrocks
Working without Sacrifice: Discourse, Femininity and Occupational Risk; B.Rickett
The Emancipatory Potential of Critical Approaches to Promoting Sexual Health: Exploring the Possibilities for Action; K.Milnes
Taking the Lead: Authority and Power in the National Health Service; P.Nicholson, E.Rowland, P.Lokman & R.Fox
Re-visiting Pandora's Box: Primary Healthcare 'directive' and Participatory Practices with Women Experiencing Domestic Violence; V.Lavis & C.Horrocks
Feminist Health Psychology and Abortion: Towards a Politics of Transversal Relations of Commonality; C.Macleod
Being Creative around Health: Participative Methodologies in Critical Community Psychology; R.Lawthom, C.Kagan, M.Richards, J.Sixsmith & R.Woolrych
Discursive Psychology and its Potential to make a Difference; B.de Kok
'I forget my problems – the problems are in the soil': Encountering nature in Allotment Gardening; N.King

DR KATY DAY Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, where she is a founding member of the Feminism and Health Research Group
DR REBEKAH FOX Research Fellow in the Institute of Leadership and Management in Health at Kingston University, UK
DR BREGJE DE KOK Lecturer at the Institute for International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK
PROFESSOR CAROLYNKAGAN Professor of Community Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
PROFESSOR NIGEL KING Professor in Applied Psychology and Director of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of Huddersfield, UK
DR VICTORIALAVIS Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bradford, UK
DR REBECCA LAWTHOM Reader in Community Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
DR PAULA LOKMAN involved in Public Health teaching and research at University of Liverpool Laureate Online Education and European Health Management Association (EHMA).
PROFESSOR CATRIONA MACLEOD Professor in the Psychology Department of Rhodes University, South Africa
DR KATE MILNES Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University and is a member of the University's Feminism and Health Research Group. She is a committee member and Honorary Treasurer of the BPS Psychology of Women Section
PROFESSOR MICHAEL MURRAY Professor of Applied Social and Health Psychology and Head of the School of Psychology at Keele University, UK
PROFESSOR PAULA NICOLSON Visiting Honorary Professor with the health psychology group at Bradford University, UK, and previously Head of the Department of Health and Social Care at Royal Holloway, University of London
MICHAEL RICHARDS studying for a PhD in community psychology and critical disability studies. He also leads a men's group at a drug intervention project and work in a young person's residential care home
DR BRIDGETTE RICKETT Senior Lecturer and founder member of Feminism and Health Research Group at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
EMMA ROWLAND Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Southampton andcurrently conducting her PhD at Royal Holloway University of London, UK
PROFESSOR JUDITH SIXSMITH Professor of Adult Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
PROFESSOR WENDY STAINTON ROGERS Chair in Health Psychology at the Open University, visiting Professor of Gender and Health at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and Chair of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology
RYAN WOOLRYCH Research Associate working for the Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC)


'This is a strong contribution to the developing field of critical health psychology, and will advance the way that health psychology is understood and practiced. Going well beyond critiques of the field, it highlights how health psychology can (and should) move from theory and research into critical practice and action that offers real possibilities for sustaining and improving health. This text offers valuable reading for health psychologists and other researchers and practitioners in the field of health seeking to understand how critical perspectives can make a tangible difference for health.' - Kerry Chamberlain, Professor of Health Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
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