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Description - Making Sense of Illness by Alan Radley

'This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and other questions about how people make sense of illness in everyday life, either alone or with the help of others. Alan Radley reviews findings from medical sociology, health psychology and medical anthropology to demonstrate the relevance of social and psychological explanations to questions about disease and its treatment. Topics covered include: illness, the patient and society; ideas about health and staying healthy; recognizing symptoms and falling ill; and the healing relationship: patients, nurses and doctors. The author also presents a critical account of related issues - stress, health promotion and gender differences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780803989092
ISBN-10: 0803989091
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alan Radley

Alan Radley is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. He is the author of several books, including Prospects of Heart Surgery (1988) and In Social Relationships (1991). He is also editor of Worlds of Illness (1993) and co-author of Ideological Dilemmas (1988).

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