Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952576 | Print ISBN: 9780761923602 | Online ISBN: 9781412952576| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Robert Joseph Thompson Jr.
Medical psychology “is the application of psychological concepts and methods to medical problems” (Rachman, 1977, p. vii). In a broader sense, medical psychology refers to the health care, research, and educational linkages of the discipline of psychology with medicine in the understanding, treatment, and prevention of illness and the promotion of health. Initially, the linkage was focused on child development and mental health and, as psychology developed as a life science, expanded ...