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Effective Health Behavior in Older Adults

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Effective Health Behavior in Older Adults

SKU# 9780826124012


  • K. Warner Schaie PhD
  • Howard Leventhal PhD
  • Sherry Willis PhD

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In what ways do health behaviors and societal mechanisms help or discourage individuals in assuming responsibility for their health? Highly-esteemed and diverse contributors examine the health behaviors of older adults and the ways in which these behaviors are affected by societal trends.

The volume begins with a discussion of the personal attributes affecting health behaviors and responsible health care choices in older adults. Additional topics explored include: Psychosocial factors in the prevention of cardiovascular disease; behavioral interventions such as the role of exercise in preventing chronic illness; and how societal structures such as reimbursement patterns and changes in health insurance affect initiation, change, and maintenance of health behaviors.

This is a valuable resource for professionals and students interested in individual development, the study of health behavior and chronic disease, health economics, and social policy.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 31, 2002
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826124012
  • EISBN 9780826197436

Table of Contents 

  1. Biosocial Considerations in Chronic Illness Perceptions and Decisions, T. Hickey
  2. Linear and Dynamical Thinking about Psychosocial Factors and Cardiovascular Risk, J. Suls and R. Martin
  3. Commentary: Acute and Chronic Psychological Processes in Cardiovascular Disease, D.W. Johnston
  4. A Cognitive-Affective Analysis of Cancer Behavior in the Elderly: Are you as Healthy as You Feel? S.M. Miller, et al.
  5. Commentary: Beyond the Socio-Demographics: From Prediction to Explanation of the Effects of Gender and Social Deprivation in Recovery from Myocardial Infarction, M. Johnston, et al.
  6. Psychosocial Factors in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, L.H. Powell
  7. Ethnicity and Psychosocial Factors in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, K.E. Whitfield, T.A. Baker, and D.T. Brandon
  8. Getting Help to Those Most Likely to Benefit: Patient Characteristics and Treatment Success, J.C. Barefoot
  9. Exercise Interventions and Aging, J.A. Blumenthal and E.C.D. Gullete
  10. Commentary: Challenges to using Exercise Interventions in Older Adults, E.A. Burns
  11. How Provider Payment Policies Affect the Health Care Seeking Behavior of the Elderly, B. Stuart
  12. Commentary: Third-party Payors and the Patient-Professional Relationship, B. Dowd
  13. Commentary: Factors Affecting Health Care Seeking Behavior of the Elderly, P.S. German
  14. The Potential for Health Care Organizations to Promote Maintenance and Change in Health Behaviors Among the Elderly, W. Rakowski and M. Clark
  15. Commentary: Health Maintenance Organizations for the Elderly Patient? E. Leventhal
  16. Commentary: Health Care Organizational Structure, Prevention, and Health Behavior Among the Elderly, S. Crystal

  17. Afterword: Health Behavior and the Elderly: How Do We Understand Its Determinants and Their Goals? H. Leventhal