Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Ecological Range of Relationships Between Behavior and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edwin B. Fisher, Linda D. Cameron, Alan J. Christensen, Ulrike Ehlert, Yan Guo, Brian Oldenburg et al.
      Pages 3-30
    3. Shajahan Yasin, Carina K. Y. Chan, Kaitlyn E. Brodar
      Pages 31-54
    4. Carina K. Y. Chan, Shajahan Yasin
      Pages 55-89
    5. Justin M. Nash
      Pages 91-107
  3. Knowing in Behavioral Medicine: Epistemic Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Kenneth E. Freedland, Sara J. Becker, James A. Blumenthal
      Pages 111-136
    3. Joost Dekker, Jos F. Brosschot, Ralf Schwarzer, Akizumi Tsutsumi
      Pages 181-214
    4. Dean L. Fixsen, Renée I. Boothroyd, Karen A. Blase, Amanda A. M. Fixsen, Allison J. Metz
      Pages 215-237
  4. Key Influences on Behavior and the Relationships Among Behavior, Health and Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Howard Rachlin, Leonard Green, Ariana Vanderveldt, Edwin B. Fisher
      Pages 241-275
    3. Jana Strahler, Anett Mueller-Alcazar, Urs M. Nater
      Pages 277-318
    4. Johannes Siegrist, Silja Bellingrath, Brigitte M. Kudielka
      Pages 319-340
    5. Bert N. Uchino, Kimberly Bowen, Robert Kent de Grey, Jude Mikel, Edwin B. Fisher
      Pages 341-372
    6. Linda C. Baumann, Betty L. Kaiser
      Pages 373-388
    7. Arjumand Siddiqi, Clyde Hertzman, Brendan T. Smith
      Pages 389-413
    8. William Sherlaw, Cyrille Harpet, Zoe Heritage, Jocelyn Raude
      Pages 415-469
    9. Timothy P. Daaleman, John Preisser
      Pages 471-485
  5. Approaches to Changing Behavior Related to Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 487-487
    2. Hein de Vries, Stef P. J. Kremers, Sonia Lippke
      Pages 489-532
    3. David P. French, Suzanne E. Scott, Rachael Powell
      Pages 533-563
    4. Lora E. Burke, Yaguang Zheng, Jing Wang
      Pages 565-593
    5. Julia R. Van Liew, Jamie A. Cvengros, Alan J. Christensen
      Pages 595-621
    6. Persis Commissariat, Alan M. Delamater
      Pages 623-641
    7. Edwin B. Fisher, Nivedita L. Bhushan, Muchieh Maggy Coufal, Sarah D. Kowitt, Humberto Parada, Rebeccah L. Sokol et al.
      Pages 643-677
    8. Colleen M. McBride, Hendrik D. de Heer, Fasil Tekola Ayele, Gail Davey
      Pages 713-735
    9. Vivian Lin, Bronwyn Carter, Yan Guo
      Pages 737-768
  6. Key Areas of Application in Prevention and Disease Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 769-769
    2. Ron Borland, Hua-Hie Yong
      Pages 771-805
    3. Edward McAuley, Sean P. Mullen, Jason Fanning
      Pages 807-834
    4. Craig A. Johnston, Pilvikki Absetz, Elezebeth Mathews, Meena Daivadanam, Brian Oldenburg, John P. Foreyt
      Pages 835-860
    5. Jingzhen Yang, Corinne Peek-Asa, Trisha L. Welter
      Pages 861-884
    6. Ad A. Kaptein, Jitske Tiemensma, Maarten J. Fischer, Margreet Scharloo, Antonia C. Lyons
      Pages 885-905
    7. Jamila K. Stockman, Eileen V. Pitpitan, Thomas L. Patterson
      Pages 907-939
    8. Frank J. Snoek, Kaitlyn E. Brodar, Gary Cuddeback, Edwin B. Fisher, Carol Golin, Rebeccah L. Sokol
      Pages 941-984
  7. Interventions to Enhance Quality of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 985-985
    2. Sarah D. Kowitt, Hairong Nan, Jane Speight
      Pages 987-1019
    3. Kevin S. Masters, Kristin M. Kilbourn, Chad E. Barrett
      Pages 1021-1049
  8. The Contexts of Behavioral Medicine Science and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1051-1051
    2. Gerald C. Davison, Michelle C. Feng
      Pages 1053-1068
    3. Robert M. Kaplan, David A. Chambers, Russell E. Glasgow
      Pages 1069-1086
    4. Edwin B. Fisher, Linda D. Cameron, Alan J. Christensen, Ulrike Ehlert, Yan Guo, Brian Oldenburg et al.
      Pages 1111-1119
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 1121-1144

About this book


Principles and Concepts of Behavioral Medicine

A Global Handbook

Edwin B. Fisher, Linda D. Cameron, Alan J. Christensen, Ulrike Ehlert, Brian Oldenburg, Frank J. Snoek

 and Yan Guo



This definitive handbook brings together an international array of experts to present the broad, cells-to-society perspectives of behavioral medicine that complement  conventional models of health, health care, and prevention. In addition to applications to assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and management, contributors offer innovative prevention and health promotion strategies informed by current knowledge of the mechanisms and pathways of behavior change. Its range of conceptual and practical topics illustrates the central role of behavior in health at the individual, family, community, and population levels, and its increasing importance to person-centered care. The broad perspectives on risk (e.g., stress, lifestyle), management issues (e.g., adherence, social support), and overarching concerns (e.g., inequities, health policy) makes this reference uniquely global as it addresses the following core areas:


·         The range of relationships and pathways between behavior and health.

·         Knowing in behavioral medicine; epistemic foundations.

·         Key influences on behavior and the relationships among behavior, health, and illness.

·         Approaches to changing behavior related to health.

·         Key areas of application in prevention and disease management.

·         Interventions to improve quality of life.

·         The contexts of behavioral medicine science and practice.


Principles and Concepts of Behavioral Medicine opens out the contemporary world of behavior and health to enhance the work of behavioral medicine specialists, health psychologists, public health professionals and policymakers, as well as physicians, nurses, social workers and those in many other fields of health practice around the world.


Behavioral science Disease Prevention Health Psychology Health and Behavior Publich health adherence behavior genetics behavior health interface behavior modification behavioral change community health community medicine diat and nutrition early detection family health family medicine halth promotion health education health maintenance obesity

Editors and affiliations

  • Edwin B. Fisher
    • 1
  • Linda D. Cameron
    • 2
  • Alan J. Christensen
    • 3
  • Ulrike Ehlert
    • 4
  • Yan Guo
    • 5
  • Brian Oldenburg
    • 6
  • Frank J. Snoek
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Psychological SciencesUniversity of California, MercedMercedUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Department of Internal MedicineThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyUniversity of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  5. 5.School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science CenterBeijingChina
  6. 6.Melbourne School of Population and Global HealthUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  7. 7.Departments of Medical PsychologyAcademic Medical Center (AMC) and VU University Medical Center (VUMC)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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