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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

Building on the strengths of critical health psychology, this edited volume for undergraduate and postgraduate students offers cutting edge coverage of current thinking in the field. With a focus on contemporary issues, academics and practitioners consider how the movement can continue to contribute to social and political change.

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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