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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.
About the Author
Ajit K. Dalal is Professor of Psychology at the University of Allahabad, India. He has obtained his doctoral degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and has published widely in the areas of causal attribution, school education and health psychology. He received the Fulbright Senior Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He also received UGC Career Award and ICSSR Senior Fellowship. He was a visiting faculty at the Queen's University, Canada; National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad, India. He has published about 70 research articles and book chapters, in addition to eight books, including Attribution Theory and Research, New Directions in Indian Psychology (Vol.1) (with G.Misra), Social Dimensions of Health (with S. Ray) and Handbook of Indian Psychology (with K.R. Rao and A. Paranjpe). He has conducted several evaluation studies of NGOs working with communities in the disability sector.
Presently, he is the editor of Psychology and Developing Societies.
Girishwar Misra is Professor of Psychology at University of Delhi, India. During an academic career spanning over four decades, he has taught at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, University of Allahabad and Barkatullah University, Bhopal, all based in India. He has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, and University of Michigan, USA; visiting professor at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, and an ESRC Fellow at Sussex University, UK. His teaching and research interests include social psychology, human development, cultural processes and psychological knowledge. He has published widely on deprivation, self-processes, emotions and well-being. He has been Convener and President of the National Academy of Psychology, India, and National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), India. He has authored and edited Psychological Consequences of Prolonged Deprivation (with L.B. Tripathi), Deprivation: Its Social Roots and Psychological Consequences (with D. Sinha and R.C. Tripathi), Perspectives on Indigenous Psychology (with A.K. Mohanty), Psychological Perspectives on Health and Stress, Psychology of Poverty and Social Disadvantage (with A.K. Mohanty), Applied Social Psychology in India, New Directions in Indian Psychology, Vol. 1: Social Psychology (with A.K. Dalal), Towards a Culturally Relevant Psychology (with J. Prakash), Rethinking Intelligence (with A.K. Srivastava), Psychology and Societal Development: Paradigmatic and Social Concerns, Psychology in India: Advances in Research and Handbook of Psychology in India. He is editor of Psychological Studies.