Category: Health Psychology

Food, Diets and Dieting

Inequities The world is full of contradictions, inconsistencies and inequities. On the one hand, it has been reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, 2015) that 805million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished. Yet, it has been estimated that the volume of food produced is more than one and …

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Special issue on the PACE Trial

Critique by Keith Geraghty and Special Issue Editorial in the Journal of Health Psychology (July 31, 2017) I reproduce here my Editorial from the Special Issue of the Journal of Health Psychology on the PACE Trial. The issue contained an incisive critique of the trial by Dr. Keith J Geraghty (pictured). Keith Geraghty’s landmark paper, …

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Personality, Heart Disease and Cancer: A Chequered History

Type A and B Personality We discuss here the chequered history of the claims by Psychologists and others about the links between personality and illness, particularly heart disease and cancer. The research has been marred by dirty money and allegations of fraud. Speculation about ‘Type A’ and ‘Type B’ personalities and coronary heart disease (CHD) …

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Post-Traumatic Growth

Post-Traumatic Growth  Experiences of life disruption, threat, distress, or adversity can lead to positively evaluated “growth” (Tedeschi and Calhoun, 1995). It has been observed for centuries that benefit finding and posttraumatic growth (PTG) can follow the occurrence of traumatic events including accidents, warfare, death of a loved one, and cancer diagnosis and treatment (Stanton, 2010). …

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The PACE Trial: A Catalogue of Errors

What was the PACE Trial? Rarely in the history of clinical medicine have doctors and patients been placed so bitterly at loggerheads. The dispute had been a long time coming. Thirty years ago, a few psychiatrists and psychologists offered a hypothesis based on a Psychological Theory in which ME/CFS is constructed as a psychosocial illness. According …

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“Worth considering as a core text”

‘The book gives a detailed treatment of a range of important methods. It will strike a chord with applied psychologists in particular – but will also be of interest to healthcare professionals generally If you are teaching postgraduate research methods courses, including those aimed at a mixture of psychologists and other health professionals, this book […]

“A classic in the field”

Warm thanks to the following seven endorsers of  Health Psychology (4th & 5th Editions) quoted below: Fourth Edition: “This book has become a classic in the field – sophisticated,  accessible and interesting.   It is of great use to students, teachers and practitioners of Health Psychology world wide.” Leslie Swartz, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. …

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“Absolute joy to read”

Previews of The Health Psychology Reader Click below for a Preview of the Editor’s Introduction and Chapter 1: Matarazzo, J. D. (1982). Behavioral health’s challenge to academic, scientific, and professional psychology. American Psychologist, 37(1), 1. Intro IntroCh1 Reviews of The Health Psychology Reader `This book was an absolute joy to read and offers a comprehensive review of health psychology…. …

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