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Complementing both the American Psychological Association's Health Psychology and the British Psychological Society's British Journal of Health Psychology, this journal aims to be the international journal of health psychology and behavioral medicine. To this end, the editorial board represents an impressive 19 countries. Although authors in the first three issues were overwhelmingly from the United States, with the United Kingdom coming in second, this pattern probably reflects the current loci of interest.
An editorial indicates that subjects to be covered include clinical, cross-cultural, and social psychology, medicine, epidemiology, public health, anthropology, sociology, social policy, health education, and health communication. Topics in the first three issues included pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, as well as less frequently addressed issues, such as family health promotion and health communication. Equal weight was given to theoretical, empirical, and public policy articles.
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