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Did you know that stress does not necessarily make you ill; a high calorie diet could lead to cancer; heart disease death rates are falling? Health Psychology offers a comprehensive introduction to the relationship between behaviour and health. It outlines the distinction between physiological and psychological causes of ill-health and analyses the key psychological theories used to explain health behaviour. Felicity Allen examines both health enhancing and hazardous behaviour, and explains why it is so difficult to persuade people to modify their health-related behaviour. She draws on current research to examine key issues including the role of stress in human illness, pain perception, alcohol abuse, smoking, cancer, coronary heart disease, the effectiveness of health promotion campaigns, and how Australia has managed the AIDS epidemic. Health Psychology is the first Australian text on the topic. Clearly written, it is an essential text for students and professionals in health promotion, public health, nursing, allied health, medicine and psychology.
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