Category: Health Psychology

Rebuilding Engel

Marks, David F. “Rebuilding Engel.” (2019): Theory & Psychology 0959354319884638. Review of: Derek Bolton and Grant Gillett, The biopsychosocial model of health and disease: New philosophical and scientific developments. London, UK: Palgrave Pivot, 2019. 149 pp. ISBN 9783030118983 The authors, Derek Bolton and Grant Gillett, have mixed disciplinary backgrounds—Bolton in philosophy and clinical psychology; Gillett …

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Homeostasis, Exercise, and COVID-19 Isolation

The Value of Exercise A recent post explored human needs during COVID-19 isolation. The success of social isolation policies will depend on minimizing long-term depreciation of mental health. In this post, I explain the benefits of developing a system of daily exercise to bolster well-being. Exercise is an under-utilised resource that is freely available to …

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The ‘COMA-B’ System for Behaviour Change: Reset of the COM-B

The COM-B System In 2011, three psychologists, Susan Michie, Maartje M van Stralen and Robert West (MSW, 2011), proposed “a ‘behaviour system’ involving three essential conditions: capability, opportunity, and motivation…This forms the hub of a ‘behaviour change wheel’ (BCW).” MSW mention two sources for the idea of the COM-B: “a US consensus meeting of behavioural …

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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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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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“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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