Deborah Fish Ragin, professor of Psychology, has recently published the 2nd edition of Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health (Pearson). This second edition explores health as a dynamic process that is best approached through an interdisciplinary study involving the fields of anthropology, biology, economics, environmental studies, medicine, psychology, public health and sociology. Using this interdisciplinary approach, the text identifies and explains the effects of five determinants-- individual, family and culture, social and physical environments, health systems and health policy-- on individual health outcomes. It discusses the effects of socioeconomic status and access to healthcare on individual health outcomes and examines global health studies to further illustrate the effects of culture, environment, health policy and health systems on individual health status. Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach offers a critical examination of the biopsychosocial model of health and proposes the use of the social ecological model as a more comprehensive explanation of health outcomes, a unique approach in a health psychology text.
Health Psychology (2nd edition) includes updated statistics and several new sections. "Stress and Coping" (Chapter 7) includes an expanded discussion of the body’s physiological and psychological responses to stress. Chapter 10, "Chronic Pain Management and Arthritis," includes new sections on the physiology of pain and the psychological process involved in pain perception. In Chapter 12, readers will find a new section that reviews changes in health policy in the United States in the past 100 years, including a discussion of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the most significant piece of legislation on health policy in the United States in the past 60 years.