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Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

by Julie Turner-Cobb SAGE Publications Ltd
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Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective is the first sole-authored textbook dedicated to the topic of health psychology as it applies to children and adolescents, drawing on research from several related disciplines including psychoneuroimmunology and developmental psychobiology. With an overarching biopsychosocial lifespan perspective, Turner-Cobb examines the effects of early life experience on health outcomes, as well as covering the experience of acute and chronic illness during childhood. Lots of helpful aids are provided per chapter including key learning objectives, textboxes putting spotlights on key pieces of research, lists of key concepts to revise, useful websites and further reading suggestions.

With a perspective designed to both inform and to challenge, this stimulating textbook will introduce you to the central relevance and many applications of child health psychology. It will be of interest to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in health and clinical psychology, as well as to students in health sciences, nursing, and childhood studies.

Audience: Upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students in health and clinical psychology, as well as to students in health sciences, nursing, and childhood studies

Introduction: What Is Child Health Psychology? Importance of Psychological Factors in Child Health Developmental Context of Health and Illness Historical Context Medical Model Versus Biomedical Approach Changing Face of Health Threats Communicating Health World View on Child Health Defining Health, Illness and Well-Being Definitions of Health and Well-Being Illness Stress and Coping Resiliency Factors and Individual Differences The Relevance of Cognitive and Social Development in Health and Illness Biological Responses to Stress Psychobiological Theories of Stress and Coping - Implications of Allostasis and Allostatic Load For Health and Well-Being Across The Lifespan Research Methods and Ethical Issues in Child Health Psychology The Laboratory/Experimental Research Setting Naturalistic Settings and Field Research Psychobiological Research Methods Measuring Health Outcome in Children Communication in Health Research with Children Ethical Issues The Influence of Prenatal Exposure Outline of the Hpa-Placental Axis and Influence of Maternal Stress Psychobiological Influences of Prenatal Stress on Birth Outcome Psychobiological Influences of Prenatal Stress on Health During the Early Years The Experience of Stress During Childhood The Experience of Stress in Healthy Children The Contribution of Temperament and Individual Differences Clinical Spectrum and Severe Stress Including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Family Environment and Intergenerational Transmission of Stress Communicating Stress The Longer Term Outlook and Opportunities For Intervention The Experience of Acute and Chronic Illness During Childhood The Experience of Acute Illness in Childhood Relevance of Illness Cognitions in Acute Illness Coping With Acute Illness Medical Procedures and Hospitalization In Acute Illness The Experience of Chronic Illness in Childhood Relevance of Illness Cognitions in Chronic Illness Coping and Adaptation in Chronic Illness Medical Procedures and Hospitalization in Chronic Illness Terminal Illness and Survivorship Issues Childhood Palliative Care The Challenge of Surviving Childhood Illness The Experience of Pain in Childhood Coping with Pain in Childhood Pre Puberty and the Experience of Pain Dealing With Pain in Adolescence The Experience of Parental Illness Coping and Adjustment to Parental Illness The Child as Carer Dealing With Issues of Death and Dying Future Child Health Summary of Health Risks and Resiliency Factors Promoting and Maintaining Health The Role of Health Psychology in Future Child Health Research

This is a welcome book which meets a long-neglected need in the field of child and adolescent welfare. It will be an invaluable reference for academics and clinical practitioners alike, but given that Dr Turner-Cobb  writes in such an engaging and lucid style the book should appeal to general readers wishing to gain an understanding of this important topic. Thoroughly recommended.

Julie Turner-Cobb is a Health Psychologist with an active research interest in psychoendocrinology and an established publication record in the area of child health psychology. She is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and an associate editor for the British Journal of Health Psychology. Currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, at the University of Bath, she is Director of Studies for the MSc in Health Psychology. She has published extensively in the areas of acute and chronic illness in children and in adults, with a particular focus on the family context and the role of social support and coping. She has been investigating the effects of psychosocial stress on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning for over twenty years and has been involved in advancing the theory and measurement of cortisol testing in children. A major theme which carries through much of her work is the application of the common cold as a paradigm for the influence of psychosocial factors on acute illness in otherwise healthy children. She has made frequent appearances on radio talking about her research and as a consultant for television documentaries requiring cortisol expertise. She lives in Bath and is herself a mother of two daughters.