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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 
Publisher Palgrave

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.


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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