Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health

Theory, Research, and Practice

  • Luciano L’Abate

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-39
  3. Primary Interventions: Nutritional Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-138
    2. David L. Katz, Ming-Chin Yeh, Meghan O’Connell, Zubaida Faridi
      Pages 47-72
    3. Michael S. Finke, Sandra J. Huston
      Pages 73-86
    4. John C. Umhau, Karl M. Dauphinais
      Pages 87-101
    5. Edward Giovannucci
      Pages 103-118
  4. Primary Nonverbal Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-217
    2. Rachel Calogero, Kelly Pedrotty
      Pages 141-160
    3. Angele McGrady
      Pages 161-175
    4. Dianne Dulicai, Ellen Schelly Hill
      Pages 177-200
    5. Joan S. Anderson
      Pages 201-217
  5. Secondary Writing Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-319
    2. Duccio Demetrio, Chiara Borgonovi
      Pages 251-270
    3. Ewa Kacewicz, Richard B. Slatcher, James W. Pennebaker
      Pages 271-284
    4. Luciano L’Abate, Demiàn Goldstein
      Pages 285-302
    5. Myron L. Pulier, Timothy G. Mount, Joseph P. McMenamin, Marlene M. Maheu
      Pages 303-322
  6. Secondary Relational Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-452
    2. Nancy Aaron Jones, Krystal D. Mize
      Pages 353-369
    3. Andrew K. Gulledge, Michael Hill, Zephon Lister, Carolyn Sallion
      Pages 371-384
    4. Chad L. Cross, Gerald R. Weeks
      Pages 385-394
    5. Anita L. Vangelisti, Gary Beck
      Pages 395-414
    6. Lindsey M. Root, Michael E. McCullough
      Pages 415-434
  7. Tertiary Multi-Personal Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 453-502
    2. Patricia M. Sias, Heidi Bartoo
      Pages 455-472
    3. Luciano L’Abate
      Pages 473-483
    4. David Ryback, Laura Sweeney
      Pages 485-502
  8. Conclusion

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 521-526

About this book


Most physical and mental health professionals will agree that their time, space, and funds are generally in short supply, even under optimal conditions. Their participants (clients or patients), too, will admit to similar deficits of time and patience, even with optimal motivation. Overburdened mental health facilities are trying to cope with limited budgets and overworked and underpaid personnel.

Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health addresses both sides of this shortfall by offering either self-administered or easily administered verbal and non-verbal interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors while requiring little or no outside funding. Editor Luciano L’Abate continues his long tradition of prolific innovations by identifying major changes in today’s health care systems and explaining how targeted, prescriptive promotion/prevention strategies can enhance traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in key behavioral and relational areas:

-Nutrition: weight/obesity control, diets, meal planning, vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements.

-Exercise, expressive movement, relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness.

-Writing for mental health promotion, from structured protocols/workbooks to less structured focused, expressive, and guided writing, including diaries and autobiographies.

-Sex, sexuality, affection, intimacy and fear of intimacy.

-Mother/child bonding as well as couple and family togetherness.

-Spirituality and forgiveness in dealing with inevitable life hurts and disappointments.

-Friendships and support groups

-Plus leading-edge interventions, including emotional intelligence, animal companionship, and computer technology

Reviews of each promotional approach are engaging, effective, and consistent with standard psychological practice for lasting results, either away from or in addition to non-clinical and clinical settings (schools, hospitals, senior citizen centers, etc.). L’Abate and his fifty colleagues have designed a future-oriented sourcebook for mental and public health professionals who want to maximize their resources—and those of their participants.


Health care approaches Health promotion Low-cost health care Public Health prevention prevention strategies

Editors and affiliations

  • Luciano L’Abate
    • 1
  1. 1.Professor Emeritus of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaGeorgia

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