Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior

Norman B. Anderson,

Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior

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"This work fills a niche and does so very well. Academic and large public libraries that are growing reference collections in the fields of psychology, epidemiology and public health, sociology, nursing, medicine, and anthropology will want to add this to their shelves."

"A comprehensive treatment of the subject. Recommended for medium to large academic and medical libraries and large public libraries."

"The encyclopedic title of Anderson′s fine work signals its comprehensiveness and usefulness as a handbook for the discipline. . . . This encyclopedia′s expert authors cover the key theories, ideas, and factors, that link psychology and health. An excellent organization facilitates multiple entry points. Highly recommended."


The current level of popular interest in health and behavior reinforces the urgent need for better information so practitioners, academics, and the public can perform research and make lifestyle choices based on sound science. From adherence to a doctor′s advice, to emotions and health, to obesity treatment and prevention, to women′s health and all topics in between, the Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior comprehensively covers all aspects of what has become the dynamic domain of behavioral medicine.

This encyclopedia was designed with the overarching goal to collect together in a single resource the knowledge generated by this interdisciplinary field, highlighting the links between science and practice. In it, scholars, health care practitioners and the general public will find a wealth of information on topics such as physical activity, stress and health, smoking, pain management, social support and health, cardiovascular health, health promotion, and HIV/AIDS.

This two-volume set includes more than 200 entries on topics covering all aspects of health and behavior. In addition, the Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior includes a comprehensive set of additional resources with entries on selected organizations and an appendix with a detailed annotated listing of such organizations as well as Web sites of interest.

Key Features

- More than 200 entries organized A to Z

- Reader′s Guide groups entries by broad topic areas for easy browsing

- Comprehensive index

- Cross-references between and among entries

- Six Associate Editors, six Senior Advisors, and more than 300 contributors provide expertise in all aspects of health psychology and behavioral medicine

- Appendices providing a comprehensive reference list and annotated listings of organizations and online resources on health and behavior

Senior Advisors

Joel E. Dimsdale, University of California, San Diego

C. Tracey Orleans, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sherman James, University of Michigan

Dr. Neil Schneiderman, University of Miami

Lisa Berkman, Harvard School of Public Health

William Gerin, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Associate Editors

Dr. Robert M. Kaplan, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Shiriki K. Kumanyika, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Dr. Peter Salovey, Yale University

Dr. Ichiro Kawachi, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Margaret E. Kemeny, University of California, Los Angeles

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