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The Self-Regulation of Health and Illness Behaviour

Linda D. Cameron and
Howard Leventhal (Editors)

Routledge Press
Over the past two decades self-regulation theory has emerged to offer a whole new perspective on human behaviour. With its focus on the ways in which individuals direct and monitor their activities and emotions to attain their goals, the theory provides a dynamic framework for understanding the complexities of behaviour in response to emotionally provocative events, such as illness and stressful experiences. Bringing together a group of leading researchers in the field this book presents an integrative and up-to-date account of the latest developments in the self-regulation of health and illness behaviour. The chapters include a review of key theoretical developments, representational beliefs about chronic illnesses and functional somatic syndromes; cultural influences on illness representations; the influence of emotional processes such as anxiety and denial on health-related experiences and behaviours; the role of personality in health self-regulation; and the social dynamics underlying gender differences in adaptation to illness. Particular attention is given to the implications of research for designing health interventions and reviewing self-regulation-based interventions for individuals with chronic illnesses, the development of effective health messages and new methods of promoting effective decision-making in the use of genetic testing and cancer screening.

Linda D. Cameron and Howard Leventhal, Editors. The Self-Regulation of Health and Illness Behaviour. New York: Routledge, 2002.