Edition 3 A Psychosocial Approach
By Sally French, MCSP, Dip.T.P., BSc, MSc (Psych), MSc (Soc), PhD and Julius Sim, BA, MSc, PhD, MCSP

Publication Date: 24 Feb 2004

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In the new edition of this unique book, French and Sim apply their theoretical expertise in psychology and sociology to physiotherapy practice. Informative, analytical and stimulating, this text is well referenced and continues to be invaluable to physiotherapy students and practitioners.

Key Features

  • The text offers a comprehensive exploration of the psychological and sociological factors as they apply to health, illness, impairment, and disability.
  • Wide range of topics covered includes material on the details of interpersonal communication and the impact of political factors on health status.
  • The issues covered in this volume are relevant to readers from all countries.

New Features

  • Contributions from a new editor offer the reader an even greater amount of experience from the perspective of both a lecturer and researcher.
  • New chapters including Professions and Professional Work and Participatory Research cover important topics for practitioners.
  • The important topic of pain has been considerably expanded, including more content that it both up-to-date and thorough.
About the author
By Sally French, MCSP, Dip.T.P., BSc, MSc (Psych), MSc (Soc), PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Management and Social Sciences, King Alfred's College of Higher Education, Winchester, UK; and Julius Sim, BA, MSc, PhD, MCSP, Professor, Department of Physiotherapy Studies, Keele University, Keele, UK
Table of Contents
Part 1: The nature of health and illness
1. Introduction
2. Change, diversity and influences on patterns of health and ill-health
3. Health, health education and physiotherapy practice
4. Coping with illness
5. Ageing in a social context: implications for health and social care

Part 2: The psychosocial context of health and illness
6. Sex gender and health care
7. Health care for people from ethnic minority groups
8. The psychology of pain
9. The sociology of pain
10. Recent perspectives on child development in relation to physiotherapy practice
11. The subjective experience of illness
12. Loss, bereavement and grief

Part 3: Patients and practitioners
13. Professions and professional work
14. Interpersonal communication
15. Moral decision–making in specific contexts

Part 4: Psychosocial aspects of physiotherapy practice
16. Defining disability: implications for physiotherapy practice
17. Psychological interventions in chronic illness
18. Counseling and enabling relationships
19. Researching together: a participatory approach
Book Reviews
"this book represents a potentially significant contribution to the profession s development"Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
treasure trove, well researched and well worth reading"Therapy Weekly
good value in price and in the quantity and quality of the content . . . It deserves to be placed on the book list of all physiotherapy undergraduate courses. It is also recommended to all practicing physiotherapists."Physiotherapy
Book details
ISBN: 9780750653299
Page Count: 384
Retail Price: £51.99