Health and Behavior reviews our improved understanding of the complex interplay among biological, psychological, and social influences and explores findings suggested by recent research-including interventions at multiple levels that we can employ to improve human health.
The book covers three main areas:
- What do biological, behavioral, and social sciences contribute to our understanding of health-including cardiovascular, immune system and brain functioning, behaviors that influence health, the role of social networks and socioeconomic status, and more.
- What can we learn from applied research on interventions to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, organizations, and larger populations?
- How can we expeditiously translate research findings into application?
"...a good point of entry for an aspiring student or research scientist... Most useful yet is the opportunity this report provides to review research related to interventions targeting changing health behavior, intra-personal and interpersonal processes, and environmental factors for health promotion. ... This report gives practical summaries of intervention research that goes a long way to addressing the practitioner's need to know. ...the interested reader, from either the academic or clinical world, will find this report to be a useful source for solid knowledge regarding our current understanding of biobehavioral factors affecting health."
-- Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, October 2003
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