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The psychology of well being
Miley, William M., 1944-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiv, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
History. The mind and the body -- Lifestyle. Exercise ; Obesity and weight control ; Unhealthy behavior -- Stress. Stress theory ; Coping with stress -- Chronic diseases and behavior. Diabetes ; Coronary heart disease ; AIDS ; Cancer -- The future. The future of health and well being.
Reading Level:
1350 Lexile.
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R726.7 .M55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Along with biological and medical factors, psychological factors must also be considered in health and well being. Stress plays a major role in physical illness, and stress management is therefore critical to establishing good health and well being behavior. William Miley offers a biopsychosocial approach emphasizing the complex interactions between biologoical, psychological, social, and cultural factors. Lifestyles are a fertile ground for psychological intervention to maintain health and well being. This book focuses on contemporary lifestyle patterns offering positive behaviors to initiate and maintain healthy lifestyles and maintain well being.

Author Notes

WILLIAM M. MILEY is Professor of Psychology at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

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Choice Review

Health psychology's progress continues unabated, and the number of introductory books chronicling its scope and growth is keeping pace. Miley (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey), a clinical and health psychologist, presents a comprehensive overview of psychosocial factors promoting or adversely affecting health. Five sections review history, lifestyle, stress, chronic disease/behavior, and future perspectives, and each contains one to four chapters on traditional topics from the field (a positive exception is a chapter on diabetes). The book's title is something of a misnomer, since Miley introduces no overarching or integrative theory of well-being. The author peppers the book with tables, figures, and box features containing various self-tests (e.g., stress questionnaire, diabetes risk test) designed to make abstract concepts accessible to readers. Anticipating neophyte readers' needs, each chapter closes with a series of questions ("Food for Thought") designed to clarify or reinforce concepts and spur discussion. Equally helpful is the glossary of terms following each chapter's questions. A good book for curious undergraduates and general readers; too basic for graduate students, most teaching faculty, and researchers. D. S. Dunn; Moravian College

Table of Contents

History The Mind and the Body Lifestyle
Exercise Obesity and Weight Control
Unhealthy Behavior Stress Stress History
Coping with Stress Chronic Diseases and Behavior
Diabetes Coronary Heart Disease AIDS Cancer
The Future The Future of Health and Well Being