How can the influence of behavioral factors on health and well-being be measured?
Research over the past two decades has shown that psychological factors and lifestyle have been found to be relevant to the onset and course of disease. In addition, these factors codetermine how patients and those in their social environment cope with illness and what their quality of life is. Assessment in Behavioral Medicine gives the reader a greater understanding of the influence of behavioral factors on somatic health.
There is a continuing need for research to better our understanding of the processes that play a crucial role in the influence of psychosocial factors on health. However, the proliferation of tools for assessing psychosocial and psychobiological factors makes it difficult to make an optimal choice of measurement. This volume aims to advance the state of measurement in the multidisciplinary fields of behavioral medicine and health psychology by bringing together state-of-the-art theory and research on assessment issues in this area. It provides the reader with an insight into the different kinds of measures that are available, along with practical guidelines for choosing the appropriate tools and designs to meet specific research questions.
Assessment in Behavioral Medicine is a unique resource for students, researchers, clinicians and teachers who are involved in education, research or clinical work in which measuring behavioral and psychosocial factors is a crucial activity.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. List of Tables. List of Boxes. Preface. List of Contributors. Belar, Park, Psychological Assessment in the Medical Setting. Kasl, Jones, Methodological Considerations in the Study of Psychosocial Influences on Health. Schwartz, Brotman, Jilinskaia, Methodological Considerations for Psychosocial Intervention Studies. Ogden, Theory and Measurement: Conceptualization, Operationalization and the Example of Health Status. Tudiver, Developing Self-Report Measures in Health Care. Wethington, Almeida, Brown, Frank, Kessler, The Assessment of Stressor Exposure. Endler, Johnson, Assessment of Coping with Health Problems. van Sonderen, Sanderman, Social Support: Conceptual Issues and Assessment Strategies. Kaptein, Scharloo, Weinman, Assessment of Illness Perceptions. Martin, Friedman, Assessing Personality to Explore Relations with Health. de Klerk, Measurement of Patient Compliance with Drug Therapy: An Overview. Snel, Twisk, Assessment of Lifestyle. Vlaeyen, Crombez, Multidimensional Assessment of Pain. Alberts, Vercoulen, Bleijenberg, Assessment of Fatigue: The Practical Utility of the Subjective Feeling of Fatigue in Research and Clinical Practice. Furer, König-Zahn, Tax, Health Status Measurement. de Vries, Quality of Life Assessment. Sieber, Kaplan, Assessing the Utility of Behavioral Medicine Interventions: Quantifying Health-Related Quality of Life. Kop, Krantz, Baker, Measures of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability in Behavioral Research on Cardiovascular Disease. Hawk, Jr., Baum, Endocrine Assessment in Behavioral Medicine. Vedhara, Wang, Fox, Irwin, The Measurement of Stress-Related Immune Dysfunction in Humans: An Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology. Index.
Ad Vingerhoets is Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.