Are you looking for a Health Psychology book that will draw students in immediately? Written with enthusiasm, candor, and a healthy dose of humor, Catherine Sandersons Health Psychology, Second Edition provides a thorough, research-based review of all the major topics, theories, and issues in health psychology. Coverage includes health behaviors (e.g., smoking, eating, exercise, alcohol use), managing chronic and terminal disease, and interacting within the health care system, as well as separate chapters, research methods, personality, social support, and persuasive appeals. Throughout, Sanderson presents the material in a highly engaging, conversational style that involves students in the subject matter and encourages critical thinking. Health Psychology is available in alternate versions (eBooks and custom) for professors and students. For more information, visit the Instructors Resource tab or Student Resource tab below. Taken directly from the front matter and written by Catherine Sanderson, this will give you an appreciation for who she is: When I agreed to write the first edition of this textbook in 2001, I was in my fourth year as an assistant professor, had a 2 1/2-year-old son, and was in my eighth month of pregnancy with my second son. As I now complete this second edition, I am struck by the large growth in this field over the last 10 years, including advances in treating illness and disease that continue to increase life expectancy, a greater understanding of the influence of genetics on health, and a growing awareness of the link between psychological states and physical well-being. I am also struck by the changes in my life over the last decade that influence the approach I bring to this material. My then-toddler turns 13 next week, and hence I write about smoking and alcohol use and motor vehicle accidents with a growing awareness of the health challenges teenagers face. I now have a daughter, and thus am increasingly aware of the pressures faci
ng girls in terms of the thinness norm, which can lead to negative body image and disordered eating. During the last decade I also lost my mother, who died at age 57 after a 4-month battle with ovarian cancer, and I therefore write about cancer, terminal illness, and bereavement from a highly personal perspective. On a national level, President Barack Obama is working on creating national health coverage, which will clearly have implications for health, especially for lower income people who too often lack health insurance.