Contents: Preface. Psychology of Health and Well-being: Emergence and Development/Ajit K Dalal And Girishwar Misra. I: Conceptual Foundations: Introduction. 1. Evolution Of The Concept Of Mental Health: From Mental Illness To Mental Health/R Srinivasa Murthi. 2. Stress And Coping From Traditional Indian And Chinese Perspectives/M N Palsane And David J Lam. 3. Concept Of Psycho-Social Well-Being: Western And Indian Perspectives/Durganand Sinha. 4. Cultural Perspectives On Nature And Experience Of Happiness/Ashok K Srivastava And Girishwar Misra. Ii: Social And Developmental Context Of Health: 1. Introduction. 2. Puberty, Sexuality And Coping: An Analysis Of The Experiences Of Urban Adolescent Girls/Namita Rangnathan. 3. Mental Disorders In Women: Evidence From A Hospital-Based Study/U Vindhya, A Kiranmayi And V Vajaylaxmi. 4. Research On Families With Disabled Individuals: Review And Implications/Lina Kashyap. Iii: Perspectives On Healing: 1. Introduction. 2. The Guru As Healer/Sudhir Kakar. 3. Working Through Emotional Pain: A Narrative Study Of Healing Process/Jyoti Anand. 4. Yoga And The State Of Mind/R L Kapur. 5. Psychotherapy And Indian Thought/Alok Pandey. Iv: Overcoming Distress: 1. Introduction. 2. Anasakti And Health: An Empirical Study Of Anasakti (Non-Attachment)/Namita Pande And Radha Krishna Naidu. 3. Living With A Chronic Disease: Healing And Psychological Adjustment In Indian Society/Ajit K Dalal. 4. Near-Death Experience In South India: A Systematic Survey In Channapatna/Satawant Pasricha. 5. Resilience For Well-Being: The Role Of Experiential Learning/Sweta Srivastava And Arvind Sinha. V: Challenges Ahead: 1. Introduction. 2. Health Modernity: Concept And Correlates/Amar Kumar Singh. 3. Life Event Stress, Emotional Vital Signs And Hypertension/Sagar Sharma. 4. Perception Of Aids In Mumbai: A Study Of Low Income Communities/Shalini Bharat. 5. Disaster And Trauma: Who Suffers And Who Recovers From Trauma, And How?/Damodar Suar. Index.
New Directions in Health Psychology critically explores the psychological dimensions of health and well-being in the Indian cultural context.
Beginning with an analysis of the notion of health and well-being, the book goes on to explore the strategies and identify the possible interventions that can be made to promote and facilitate health and well-being in India. The discussion incorporates diverse domains, ranging from physical to spiritual, within which health is conceptualized. It also attends to the issue of health needs of disadvantaged sections in the society, women in particular, and emphasizes on indigenous knowledge in the area of health.
Bringing together articles which are not easily available and providing an entirely new perspective, this book will attract a wide readership in the areas of social psychology, applied psychology, sociology, human development, anthropology, health psychology, clinical psychology and community development.