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Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health


Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health

Theory, Research, and Practice

von: Luciano L'Abate

79,72 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 06.06.2007
ISBN/EAN: 9780387368993
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 526

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Most health professionals would agree that time and funds are in short supply, even under optimal conditions. Patients, too, would admit similar shortfalls, even with optimal motivation. This book offers self-administered and easily administered interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors while requiring little or no outside funding. Editor Luciano L’Abate continues his long tradition of prolific innovations by identifying major changes in today’s health care systems and explaining how targeted, prescriptive promotion/prevention strategies can enhance traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in key behavioral and relational areas.
Most physical and mental health professionals will agree that their time, space, and funds are generally in short supply, even under optimal conditions. Their participants (clients or patients), too, will admit to similar deficits of time and patience, even with optimal motivation. Overburdened mental health facilities are trying to cope with limited budgets and overworked and underpaid personnel.
Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health addresses both sides of this shortfall by offering either self-administered or easily administered verbal and non-verbal interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors while requiring little or no outside funding. Editor Luciano L’Abate continues his long tradition of prolific innovations by identifying major changes in today’s health care systems and explaining how targeted, prescriptive promotion/prevention strategies can enhance traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in key behavioral and relational areas:- Nutrition: weight/obesity control, diets, meal planning, vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements- Exercise, expressive movement, relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness- Writing for mental health promotion, from structured protocols/workbooks to less structured focused, expressive, and guided writing, including diaries and autobiographies- Sex, sexuality, affection, intimacy and fear of intimacy- Mother/child bonding as well as couple and family togetherness- Spirituality and forgiveness in dealing with inevitable life hurts and disappointments- Friendships and support groups- Plus leading-edge interventions, including emotional intelligence, animal companionship, and computer technology
Reviews of each promotional approach are engaging, effective, and consistent with standard psychological practice for lasting results, either away from or in addition to non-clinical and clinical settings (schools, hospitals, senior citizen centers, etc.). L’Abate and his fifty colleagues have designed a future-oriented sourcebook for mental and public health professionals who want to maximize their resources—and those of their participants.
Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health.- Primary Interventions: Nutritional Approaches.- Diets, Health, and Weight Control: What Do We Know?.- Low-Cost Obesity Interventions: The Market for Foods.- Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Health.- Vitamins, Minerals and Health.- Herbal Medicines in the Treatment of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders.- Primary Nonverbal Approaches.- Daily Practices for Mindful Exercise.- Relaxation and Meditation.- Expressive Movement.- Pleasant, Pleasurable, and Positive Activities.- Secondary Writing Approaches.- The Recording of Personal Information as an Intervention and~as~an Electronic Health Support.- Teaching to Remember Ourselves: The Autobiographical Methodology.- Expressive Writing: An Alternative to Traditional Methods*.- Workbooks for the Promotion of Mental Health and Life-Long Learning.- Computers and the Internet.- Secondary Relational Approaches.- Maternal-Infant Contact and Child Development: Insights from the Kangaroo Intervention.- Touch Interventions Positively Affect Development.- Non-Erotic Physical Affection: It’s Good for You.- Sex, Sexuality, and Sensuality.- Intimacy and Fear of Intimacy.- Low-Cost Interventions for Promoting Forgiveness.- Spirituality in Achieving Physical and Psychological Health and Well-Being: Theory, Research and Low Cost Interventions*.- Tertiary Multi-Personal Approaches.- Friendship, Social Support, and Health.- Animal Companions.- Applications of Emotional Intelligence to Schools and Workplace.- Conclusion.- Implications of Prescriptive Approaches for Policy, Health Promotion, Epidemiology, and Public Health.
Luciano L’Abate is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Georgia State University. He has co-edited/authored two previous books with Springer: Handbook of Homework Assignments in Psychotherapy and Personality in Intimate Relationships: Socialization and Psychopathology.
Most physical and mental health professionals will agree that their time, space, and funds are generally in short supply, even under optimal conditions. Their participants (clients or patients), too, will admit to similar deficits of time and patience, even with optimal motivation. Overburdened mental health facilities are trying to cope with limited budgets and overworked and underpaid personnel.

Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health addresses both sides of this shortfall by offering either self-administered or easily administered verbal and non-verbal interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors while requiring little or no outside funding. Editor Luciano L’Abate continues his long tradition of prolific innovations by identifying major changes in today’s health care systems and explaining how targeted, prescriptive promotion/prevention strategies can enhance traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in key behavioral and relational areas:



-Nutrition: weight/obesity control, diets, meal planning, vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements.



-Exercise, expressive movement, relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness.



-Writing for mental health promotion, from structured protocols/workbooks to less structured focused, expressive, and guided writing, including diaries and autobiographies.



-Sex, sexuality, affection, intimacy and fear of intimacy.



-Mother/child bonding as well as couple and family togetherness.



-Spirituality and forgiveness in dealing with inevitable life hurts and disappointments.



-Friendships and support groups



-Plus leading-edge interventions, including emotional intelligence, animal companionship, and computer technology



Reviews of each promotional approach are engaging, effective, and consistent with standard psychological practice for lasting results, either away from or in addition to non-clinical and clinical settings (schools, hospitals, senior citizen centers, etc.). L’Abate and his fifty colleagues have designed a future-oriented sourcebook for mental and public health professionals who want to maximize their resources—and those of their participants.
Nutrition: weight/obesity control, diets, meal planning, vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements


Exercise, expressive movement, relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness



Writing, from structured protocols/workbooks to less structured focused, expressive, and guided writing, including diaries and autobiographies



Sex, sexuality, affection, intimacy, friendship, and support groups



Mother/child bonding as well as couple and family togetherness.



Spirituality and forgiveness, and many other leading-edge interventions

The targeted strategies described in this book can maximize the resources of physical and mental health professionals as well as those of their patients. Coverage offers either self-administered or easily administered verbal and non-verbal interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors while requiring little or no outside funding. It identifies major changes in today’s health care systems and explains how targeted, prescriptive promotion/prevention strategies can enhance traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in key behavioral and relational areas. Reviews of each promotional approach are engaging, effective, and consistent with standard psychological practice for lasting results, either away from or in addition to non-clinical and clinical settings, such as schools, hospitals, and senior citizen centers.