Handbook of Diversity Issues in Health Psychology

  • Pamela M. Kato
  • Traci Mann

Part of the The Plenum Series in Culture and Health book series (PSCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Introduction and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Traci Mann, Pamela M. Kato
      Pages 3-18
  3. Life-Span Issues in Health Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Monisha Pasupathi
      Pages 39-48
    3. Tiffany M. Field
      Pages 49-67
    4. Betty R. Kasson, Sandra K. Sentivany, Pamela M. Kato
      Pages 97-116
    5. Nancy Leffert, Anne C. Petersen
      Pages 117-140
    6. Becca Levy, Ellen Langer
      Pages 141-159
    7. Antonette M. Zeiss, Peter M. Lewinsohn, Paul Rohde
      Pages 161-184
  4. Gender and Sexual Orientation Issues in Health Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Margaret A. Chesney, Jill B. Nealey
      Pages 199-218
    3. Michael M. Copenhaver, Richard M. Eisler
      Pages 219-235
    4. Gary Grossman
      Pages 237-260
    5. Katherine A. O’Hanlan
      Pages 261-284
  5. Issues of Ethnicity in Health Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Pamela M. Kato
      Pages 287-300
    3. James S. Jackson, Sherrill L. Sellers
      Pages 301-317
    4. Felipe G. Castro, Kathryn Coe, Sara Gutierres, Delia Saenz
      Pages 319-345
    5. Chi-Ah Chun, Kana Enomoto, Stanley Sue
      Pages 347-365
    6. David R. Williams, Toni Rucker
      Pages 407-423
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 425-440

About this book


The field of health psychology has grown dramatically in the last decade, with exciting new developments in the study of how psychological and psychosocial processes contribute to risk for and disease sequelae for a variety of medical problems. In addition, the quality and effectiveness of many of our treatments, and health promotion and disease prevention efforts, have been significantly enhanced by the contributions of health psychologists (Taylor, 1995). Unfortunately, however, much of the theo­ rizing in health psychology and the empirical research that derives from it continue to reflect the mainstream bias of psychology and medicine, both of which have a primary focus on white, heterosexual, middle-class American men. This bias pervades our thinking despite the demographic heterogeneity of American society (U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1992) and the substantial body of epidemiologic evidence that indicates significant group differences in health status, burden of morbidity and mortality, life expectancy, quality of life, and the risk and protective factors that con­ tribute to these differences in health outcomes (National Center for Health Statistics, 1994; Myers, Kagawa-Singer, Kumanyika, Lex, & M- kides, 1995). There is also substantial evidence that many of the health promotion and disease prevention efforts that have proven effective with more affluent, educated whites, on whom they were developed, may not yield comparable results when used with populations that differ by eth­ nicity, social class, gender, or sexual orientation (Cochran & Mays, 1991; Castro, Coe, Gutierres, & Saenz, this volume; Chesney & Nealey, this volume).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pamela M. Kato
    • 1
  • Traci Mann
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanford

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