Social Psychology of Health: The Issues and Concerns in India

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  • Author :Urmi Nanda Biswas
  • Year of Publication :2014
  • ISBN: :9789351250012
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 340
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Psychology, Sociology

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About the Book :

The idea of the book germinated in the symposium on ‘Social Psychology of Health: Issues and Concerns of India’, which was a part of XX Annual Convention of the National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) India, organized in Jawaharlal Nehru University in December, 2011. Few papers in this book were earlier presented in the conference and few invited articles are contributed by experts in this nascent but growing sub-field of enquiry within social psychology. The chapters included in this book aim to propagate that large amount of the burden of disease can be understood as a product of societal factors, which pushes people towards health aversive behaviour. The chapters emphasize the need for understanding of disease and health care in Indian traditional system, well-being of women in Indian society, and the effectiveness of community health care systems. The book also covers various psycho-social approaches to handle HIV/AIDS pandemic in India and highlights factors that could make social marketing effective for public health care programmes and services. In addition, the book attempts to discuss the psycho-social issues of care giving, suicide etc. in Indian society. The content of the book will be helpful as supplementary reading for various courses on health psychology taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the colleges and universities across the country. The issues and concerns shared in the book may interest the health care practitioners and policy makers to think differently and rediscover the importance of social-psychological parameters in effective delivery of health services.

About Author :

Urmi Nanda Biswas is presently working as a Professor in the Department of Psychology, the M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara. She obtained her D.Phil. degree from Centre of Advanced Study in Psychology, Allahabad University. She has worked as a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow (CASF) in 2006-2007 with Commonwealth Fellowship from British Council, UK and has been the recipient of UK India Educational Research Initiative (UKIERI) Collaborative Delivery Award from British Council in the year 2008-2009. She has also been associated with the Clinical and Health Psychology Research Centre, School of Life Sciences Roehampton University as an honorary senior research fellow from 2006-2009. She has been a Visiting Professor to Department of Work Science, and Department of Psychology, Gothenberg University, Sweden and has been appointed as a steering committee member of Sweden India Gender Network (SIGN). Prof. Biswas has been the Principal and Co-investigator in various national and international projects with grants from UGC, ICSSR, Population Council, New York Education Department, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, SIDA, Sweden etc. She has been a part of the state level evaluation and monitoring mission of National Aids Control Programme for the Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre, and Partnership in Sexual Health Projects. She has been working as a national level external evaluator for TI projects under Gujarat State AIDS Control Society for almost 10 years now which has enriched her understanding of socio-cultural issues in healthcare delivery system in India.