The Intellectual Roots of Health Psychology

Howard S. Friedman and Nancy E. Adler

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342819
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Intellectual Roots of Health Psychology


Health psychology has deep and broad intellectual roots. Although the field of health psychology did not formally organize as a scientific discipline until the 1970s, its concepts grew out of a long philosophical tradition and from scientific developments in medical and clinical psychology, epidemiology and public health, medical sociology and anthropology, and psychosomatic medicine. Appreciation of these roots encourages more sophisticated concepts and models, and it helps modern researchers avoid common intellectual traps and sterile research paths.

Keywords: History; intellectual roots of health psychology; psychosomatic; biopsychosocial

Article.  8566 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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