Public Health Psychology: A Conceptual and Practical Framework

Hepworth, Julie (2015) Public Health Psychology: A Conceptual and Practical Framework. In Murray, Michael & Chamberlain, Kerry (Eds.) New Directions in Health Psychology. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, 229-45-63.

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For many years concern for public health has transcended the boundaries of the medical sciences and epidemiology. For the last 50 years or so psychologists have been increasingly active in this field. Recently, psychologists have not only begun to see the need to take action to mould health promoting behaviours in individuals, but have also pointed out the need to join in an effort to develop appropriate social, political, economic and institutional conditions which would help to improve the state of public health. Psychologists have postulated the need to distinguish a new subdiscipline of psychology called public health psychology which, together with other disciplines, would further the realization of this goal.

In the following article the historical and international context of health psychology and the changing nature of public health are put forward as having important implications for the establishment of a ‘public health psychology’. These implications are addressed in later sections of the article through the description of conceptual and practical framework of public health psychology in which theory, methods and practice are considered. Many aspects of the conceptual and practical framework of public health psychology have relevance to the health social sciences more generally and forming a basis for interdisciplinary work. The framework of public health psychology, together with the obstacles that need to be overcome, are critically examined within an overall approach that contends it is necessary to increase and improve the contribution of health psychology to public health.

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ID Code: 87322
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This chapter is a full reproduction of an article published in Journal of Health Psychology, 9(1), pp. 41-54 (see "Related work" link below)
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ISBN: 9781446287606
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2015 02:06
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 01:59

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