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Families and Health

Second Edition


August 2013 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This interdisciplinary text examines five different components of family health--biology, behavior, social-cultural circumstances, the environment, and health care--and the ways they affect the abilities of family members to perform well in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Special awareness is paid to health disparities among individuals, families, groups, regions, and nations. The author discusses how health of individual families influences our local, national, and global communities. Families and Health argues that family health is not a privilege for the few, but a personal, national, and global right and responsibility.
 
Introduction: Families and Their Health
 
Chapter 1. Family Health: Definitions and Determinants
Case 1.1 Tyra: Influences on Family Health  
The Status of American Families’ Health  
Overweight and Obese  
Access to Health Care  
Uninsured and Underinsured  
Family Health Concept: From Insularism to Interdisciplinary  
Reconnecting Mind-Body-Spirit in Health Care  
The Biopsychosocial Model and Beyond  
General Systems and Related Family Health Theories  
Summary and Book Organization  
Critical Thinking Questions  
 
Chapter 2. Biology and Family Health: Epigenetics and Beyond
Epigenetic Inheritance Research and Family Health  
Multifactorial Inheritance Disorders  
Race, Ethnicity and Genetics in Health Disparities  
Family Health Histories  
Case 2.1 Victoria and Hope: Breast Cancer in the Family  
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI)  
Families’ Adaptations to Chronic Illnesses  
Family Health and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD  
Family Caregivers  
Loss, Dying, and Death – Part of Family Health  
Case 2.3 Tylor and Maria: Gone Without Goodbye  
Case 2.4 Josh: Dying Well  
Summary  
Critical Thinking Questions  
 
Chapter 3. Behavior Patterns: Families’ Health Choices
Interactive Nature of Family Health Behaviors  
Family Health Promotion – “Health Work”  
An Ecological Approach  
Health Behavior Theories and Models  
Intrapersonal Models  
Interpersonal Approaches  
Community-Based Approaches  
Summary  
Critical Thinking Questions  
 
Chapter 4. Social Determinants and Family Health
Health Disparities Among Families  
Infant Mortality  
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)  
Type 2 Diabetes  
Cancers  
HIV Infection and AIDS  
Immunizations  
Mental Illness  
Discrimination, Stigmatization, and Health  
Family Relationships and Mental Health  
Health Education: Families, Schools, and Communities Collaborations  
Summary  
Critical Thinking Questions  
 
Chapter 5. Environmental Exposures and Global Family Health
The Global Burden of Infectious Disease  
The HIV/AIDS Pandemic  
HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination  
The Global Reach of Pollution  
Internal Environmental Exposures: Imbalances in Biological Flora  
External Environmental Exposures: The Global Tobacco Epidemic  
Deeper Health Impacts: Air Pollution and DNA  
Work Environments and Global Family Health  
Women in the Workplace  
Psychosocial Work Environment  
Work-to-Family and Family-to-Work Conflicts  
Smart Workplaces: Just for the Health of It  
Summary  
Critical Thinking Questions  
 
Chapter 6. Health Care and Families
Underinsured Families: Paying Too Much and Getting Too Little  
Dental Health Coverage, Not a Frill  
Globalization of Health Care and Medical Travel  
An Ailing Health System on the Mend?  
Healthy Lives  
Access  
Equity  
Quality  
Efficiency  
Health Care Reform and Redesign  
Affordable and Equitable Access  
Higher Quality and Efficiency in Delivery Performance  
Greater Accountability, Leadership, and Reorganization in Health Care  
Geisinger-Like Health System: Translating Knowledge into Action  
Summary  
Critical Thinking Questions  
 
Final Summary Comments
 
References
 
Index

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