Biography:

In the past Sonja M. Hunt has collaborated on articles with Stephen P. McKenna. One of their most recent publications is The relationship between psychology and medicine. Which was published in journal Social Science & Medicine (1967).

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Sonja M. Hunt's Articles: (3)

The relationship between psychology and medicine

AbstractThe paper suggests that there are certain barriers to understanding which exist between academic psychology and medicine which may account for the relatively slow acceptance of psychology into medical curricula. These barriers are considered to be: the historical development of medicine and psychology; the body-mind dichotomy; the differential development of Medicine and Psychology as academic subjects; and the different professionalization processes embedded in the two types of training. Some implications for the teaching of Psychology to medical students are discussed.

ReviewA new measure of quality of life in depression: Testing the reliability and construct validity of the QLDS

AbstractOur previous paper described the development of a new quality of life scale for use with people suffering from depression; the Quality of Life in Depression Scale (QLDS). This paper reports on the testing of the scale for reliability and construct validity. Reliability was assessed by giving the questionnaire to the same set of patients on two occasions 2 weeks apart. This test-retest technique yielded a correlation of 0.94, with high internal consistency at both time 1 and time 2. A test of split-half reliability also indicated vey high reliability. Construct validity was measured by comparing scores on the QLDS with those on an established scale of well-being from the same group of patients. The results gave a correlation between the two measures of 0.79, giving a satisfactory validity. It is concluded that the QLDS is a reliable and valid measure which is easy to use and acceptable to patients. Further tests of discriminative, concurrent and criterion validity are planned.

Attenders and non-attenders at a breast screening clinic: a comparative study

As part of the trial for assessing the value of breast screening, all women in the Edinburgh area who became eligible for screening over a nine-month period were sent a standard questionnaire of perceived health status. Results were analysed in the light of subsequent attendance or non-attendance at the clinic. Of those women who replied to the questionnaire, attenders at the clinic, those who did not respond to the questionnaire and those who declined the questionnaire were found to have a similar perceived health status, close to the population norm for this age and sex; those who accepted the invitation but failed to attend reported more health problems overall and these were statistically significant for emotional distress, social isolation and sleep problems. These differences were independent of postal code sector. It is suggested that more attention be paid to the heterogeneity of non-attenders for screening and the social and emotional context within which an invitation for screening is received and accepted.

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