Medicine and Psychology
The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch
The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch
Paperback      ISBN: 1591430259

Explores the extraordinary technique that put authentic healing into the hands of health care providers

- Examines the relationship between expanded levels of consciousness and the healing process

- Contains healing exercises for treating common ailments such as stomachaches and back pain, and practices for managing chronic stress

- Based on transcribed audiotapes of lectures by medical intuitive Dora Kunz (1904-1999), with commentary by Dolores Krieger

Since 1972 Therapeutic Touch has been taught in hospitals and at universities to tens of thousands of health care professionals. The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch provides an intimate glimpse into the life work of Dora Kunz (1904-1999), medical intuitive and fifth-generation clairvoyant, who used her gifts to reach out to others in her capacity as healer and teacher.

During their years of research and healing practice together, Dolores Krieger and her mentor, Dora Kunz, found illness to be caused by specific subtle energy imbalances. The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch teaches how to rebalance the body's energy through touch, visualization, and a spiritual acceptance of life's inevitable cycle. These exercises can be used both to heal physical pain and to achieve mental and spiritual peace. The authors also examine the important interconnected relationship between healer and patient. The book includes never-before-transcribed lectures by Dora Kunz, with commentary from Dolores Krieger, exploring expanded levels of consciousness as they relate to the healing process.
Reframing Health Behavior Change With Behavioral Economics
Reframing Health Behavior Change With Behavioral Economics
Paperback      ISBN: 1138002917

Behavioral economics is a rapidly developing area of psychological science that has synergistically merged microeconomic concepts with behavioral research methods. A driving force behind the growth of behavioral economics has been its recent application to behaviors that significantly affect health. The book examines the latest behavioral economic research on smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, obesity, gambling, and other poor health habits, and explores the implications for individual and community interventions and policy directions.

This innovative book describes new concepts and methods developed in behavioral economics and applies them to understanding health behavior change. The richness of behavioral economic concepts provides novel methods and measures that lend to an understanding of health behavior that is different from previous work in the field.

Featuring contributions from experimental and clinical psychologists and economists, this book will be of interest to a broad range of students and professionals concerned with health behavior, including researchers, clinicians, and policymakers, as well as psychologists, educators, and all those who work with people who are currently attempting to make positive health and lifestyle changes.
Adapting to Life-Threatening Illness
Adapting to Life-Threatening Illness
Hardcover      ISBN: 0275913244

...Provides a unique window into the fear and anxieties of the seriously ill patient. The mysteries of the inner, unexpressed thoughts of the patient are a constant challenge for understanding in a hospital setting.... This thoughtful and compassionate book opens the door of revelation and should help all of us.

Jerome J. DeCosse, M.D., Chairman, Dept. of Surgery, Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Behavior and Arteriosclerosis
Behavior and Arteriosclerosis
Paperback      ISBN: 1461336759

During the past decade, cardiovascular medicine has made significant strides in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease and related disorders as well as developing a better understanding of potential preventive, risk-reduc- ing measures. Highly sophisticated diagnostic instrumentation, surgical pro- cedures, and emergency medical care have undoubtedly contributed greatly to the trend of declining mortality from cardiovascular events. In the course of the extensive research efforts associated with this area, it has become increas- ingly apparent that the identified coronary risk factors share the common ele- ment of lifestyle as a major determiner of health behaviors associated with these factors. Further, it is suspected that behavioral and environmental factors may playa significant contributory role toward the etiology and progression of arteriosclerosis through their effects on the central and peripheral nervous sys- tems and associated neurohormonal response. Considerable research effort has been devoted to identifying the risks asso- ciated with smoking, elevated blood pressure, and serum cholesterol. Research development and modification is being vigorously pursued. Behavioral research exploring the role of psychological stress factors, social support networks, stressful life events, and the Type AlB behavior patterns has uncovered poten- tially meaningful associations between behavioral factors and arteriosclerosis, as discussed in the succeeding chapters of this book.

Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress
Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress
Hardcover      ISBN: 0306421380

Eight years ago, four psychologists with varying backgrounds but a common in- terest in the impact of environmental stress on behavior and health met to plan a study of the effects of aircraft noise on children. The impetus for the study was an article in the Los Angeles Times about architectural interventions that were planned for several noise-impacted schools under the air corridor of Los Angeles Interna- tional Airport. These interventions created an opportunity to study the same chil- dren during noise exposure and then later after the exposure had been attenuated. The study was designed to test the generality of several noise effects that had been well established in laboratory experimental studies. It focused on three areas: the relationship between noise and personal control, noise and attention, and noise and cardiovascular response. Two years later, a second study, designed to replicate and extend findings from the first, was conducted.

Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress
Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress
Paperback      ISBN: 1475793820

Eight years ago, four psychologists with varying backgrounds but a common in- terest in the impact of environmental stress on behavior and health met to plan a study of the effects of aircraft noise on children. The impetus for the study was an article in the Los Angeles Times about architectural interventions that were planned for several noise-impacted schools under the air corridor of Los Angeles Interna- tional Airport. These interventions created an opportunity to study the same chil- dren during noise exposure and then later after the exposure had been attenuated. The study was designed to test the generality of several noise effects that had been well established in laboratory experimental studies. It focused on three areas: the relationship between noise and personal control, noise and attention, and noise and cardiovascular response. Two years later, a second study, designed to replicate and extend findings from the first, was conducted.

Behavioral Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
Behavioral Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
Hardcover      ISBN: 0306419297

In the l nited States and in Europe there has been an increasing interest in the relationship between individual behavior and disease. The American National Academy of Sciences (Hamberg, Elliott, and Parron, 1982)' through its Institutes of Medicine, has estimated that as many as 50 percent of chronic disease cases can be traced to individual behaviors such as smoking, diet, exercise, etc. Similar conclusions have been reached by a variety of European investigators and institutes. The World Health Organization has also expressed considerable interest in individual behavior in relation to the development of chronic disease. Thus, throughout the NATO countries there has been increased awareness of the relationship between behavior and disease. However, communication among investigators in different countries has been rather limited. Further, many different scientific disciplines including psychology, sociology, medicine, microbiology, statistics, and epidemiology have all developed new and different literatures in this field. One purpose of this book is to bring together contributions from scientists in each of these fields. Much of the variance in individual health behavior occurs across countries rather than within countries. Thus, we can learn much from comparing behavior-disease relationships across countries. To date, there have been few studies which have had an adequate international basis for these comparisons. Interest in behavioral epidemiology is a relatively recent phenomena. Thus, many scientists are entering the field without uniform background, experience, or training. This book discusses approaches common in a variety of NATO countries.

The Behavioral Management of the Cardiac Patient
The Behavioral Management of the Cardiac Patient
Hardcover      ISBN: 0893913863

This volume provides a scientifically-based text for clinical psychologists and others engaged in the extended, non-medical care of the patient recovering from myocardial infarction. The first chapter provides an overview of the patho-physiology and distribution of myocardial infarction for those not trained in medicine, and subsequent chapters go on to discuss outcomes and their determinants after heart attack. Emphasis is placed on emotional and behavioral responses to myocardial infarction since the book adopts the view that these play important roles in determining patterns of cardiological, occupational, and social outcomes. The book then proceeds to a systematic coverage of those areas where behavior has been empirically shown to influence outcome, and of the literature documenting the modification of these behaviors.

Behavioral Medicine: International Perspectives, Volume 2
Behavioral Medicine
International Perspectives, Volume 2
Hardcover      ISBN: 0893916803

The second of three volumes providing a comprehensive overview of contemporary thought and clinical wisdom in the field of behavioral medicine. Volume 2 contains 14 contributed chapters arranged in sections devoted to foundations of behavioral medicine, the musculoskeletal system, pain, behavioral n

Behavioral Medicine: International Perspectives, Volume 3
Behavioral Medicine
International Perspectives, Volume 3
Hardcover      ISBN: 0893917443