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Public health psychology : a conceptual and practical framework

By Julie Hepworth


Increasingly, the development of public health infrastructures requires psychology to reevaluate its contribution to public health at local, national and global levels. Already familiar to some psychologists, particularly those in community psychology and health promotion, the expansion of public health has implications for psychology in terms of knowledge/practice and working differently in multidisciplinary settings. In this article, I provide a critical overview of the implications of the historical and international development of health psychology and the changing nature of public health to strengthen the establishment of public health psychology. A conceptual and practical framework is proposed in which public health psychology theory, methods and practice are considered as well as its relevance to the health social sciences more generally

Topics: global health, health inequalities, methods, public health psychology, theory
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1359105304036101
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