Michael Murray

Michael Murray
Keele University · School of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
Michael Murray is Emeritus Professor of Social & Health Psychology at Keele University, UK. His research adopts a critical social psychological approach to understanding such issues as smoking, cancer, accidents and ageing using various qualitative methods. He has also developed community-based approaches to challenge social and health inequities. He continues to publish on narrative, social representations, health psychology, history and on arts-based research.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - present
Keele University
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
August 2006 - August 2018
Keele University
Position
  • Professor
August 1991 - August 2006
Memorial University
Position
  • Professor of Social & Health Psychology
Education
October 1975 - June 1980
University of Stirling
Field of study
  • Social Psychology
October 1971 - June 1975
Ulster University
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (206)
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Community health psychology is an approach which promotes community mobilisation as a means of enhancing community capacity and well-being and challenging health inequalities. Much of the research on this approach has been at the more strategic and policy level with less reference to the everyday experiences of community workers who are actively in...
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Stress at work is a frequent subject of scientific research. In most of this, the unit of analysis has been the employee and his or her work stress. Historical, cultural and macro-contextual approaches have rarely been included in the analytical framework. In this study, we examined secular trends in scientific publications on work stress, and anal...
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The current dominant approach within health psychology has been characterised as 'scientistic', individualistic and apolitical (e.g. Chamberlain, 2000; Marks, 2002; Murray & Campbell, 2003). There are alternatives to this approach which are informed by alternative epistemologies, values and practices. The aim of this chapter is to review the develo...
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Health psychology as a field of research and practice formally developed 30 years ago but it was prefigured by sustained debate within social and applied psychology about the nature of psychology and its role in society. This article considers this pre-history of health psychology and how the field has subsequently developed. It considers how its c...
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The past 10-15 years have seen a rapid increase in the study of narrative across all the social sciences. It is sometimes assumed that narrative has the same meaning irrespective of the context in which it is expressed. This article considers different levels of narrative analysis within health psychology. Specifically, it considers the character o...
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A global ageing population presents opportunities and challenges to designing urban environments that support ageing in place. The World Health Organization's Global Age-Friendly Cities movement has identified the need to develop communities that optimise health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. Ensuring...
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Objective Monitoring quality of life (QoL) in patients with cancer can provide insight into functional, psychological and social consequences associated with illness and its treatment. The primary objective of this study is to examine the influence of cultural factors on the communication between the patient and the health care provider and the per...
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Introduction: Given the potentially fatal consequences of inadequate adherence with oral anticancer treatment in persons with cancer, understanding the determinants of adherence is vital. This paper aims at identifying psychosocial determinants of adherence to oral anticancer treatment. Methods: We reviewed the literature on psychosocial determi...
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PREFACE Welcome to Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice (Sixth Edition). This textbook provides an in-depth introduction to the field of health psychology. It is designed for all readers wishing to update their knowledge about psychology and health, especially undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses in health psychology, medici...
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Intergenerational practice (IP) is an approach within community health promotion which aims to bring older and younger community members together in collaborative activity. Little research has critically examined the assumptions and values within IP and their implications for these communities. A sample of 15 IP planning documents were analysed usi...
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The ageing in place agenda emphasises the importance of supporting older adults to age in their communities surrounded by the personal resources to age well. In exploring the relationship between older people and their environment, the concept of place insideness is seen as central to constructing feelings of identity, belonging and attachment in o...
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This paper explores empirical accounts of perceived insecurities and accompanying issues that make urban place problematic and can impact older adults’ well-being and overall quality of life. Findings reported derive from the project ‘Place-Making with Older People: Towards Age-Friendly Communities’ which investigates both barriers and facilitators...
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Background: Understanding representations of disease in various art genres provides insights into how patients and health care providers view the diseases. It can also be used to enhance patient care and stimulate patient self-management. Methods: This paper reviews how cardiovascular diseases are represented in novels, films, and paintings: myo...
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The age-friendly cities and communities movement has focused on how to better support older adults to age well within urban environments. Central to 'ageing well' and 'active ageing' agendas is ensuring that older adults can participate in meaningful forms of social participation. The benefits of social participation in old age have been well docum...
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Artistic representations of disease are widespread yet largely ignored in health psychology research. In this paper we use two infectious diseases, tuberculosis and the plague, as tracers to study how infectious diseases are represented in novels, films, paintings, and songs. They were represented especially in terms of their causes and seriousness...
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The age-friendly cities and communities movement has focused on how to better support older adults to age well within urban environments. Central to ‘ageing well’ and ‘active ageing’ agendas is ensuring that older adults can participate in meaningful forms of social participation. The benefits of social participation in old age have been well docum...
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The book first presents the policy and practice guidelines we think are of relevance nationally, structured according to the key themes that have emerged across our case studies. It then presents key findings and recommendations for each of the cities that participated in the research, again structured according to the main themes identified in eac...
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The book first presents the policy and practice guidelines we think are of relevance nationally, structured according to the key issues that have emerged across our case studies. It then presents key findings and recommendations for each of the cities that participated in the research, structured according to the main themes identified in each city...
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Intergenerational practice (IP) is an approach within community health promotion, which aims to bring older and younger community members together in collaborative activity. Little research has critically examined the assumptions and values within IP, and their implications for these communities. A sample of 15 IP planning documents were analysed u...
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If we trace the origins of psychology back to nineteenth century positivism, we can see that concern about measurement was a defining characteristic that was used to differentiate psychology from other social/human sciences. The dominant voices in psychology defined it as a natural science that could measure all those psychological entities that ex...
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Narrative psychology is concerned with the stories we tell each other about the events in our lives. Through analysis careful of these narrative accounts we can deepen our understanding of the experience of illness. This paper considers the character of the narrator, the structure of the narrative and the context within which they are told.
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Researching age- friendly communities, which meet the needs of older people, requires methods which are sensitive to place and age. Working across countries and sensitive to neighbourhood context, culture, and older people as expert knowers, we developed a range of methods used to explore the concept of sense of place. These ranged from individual...
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Urban environments present opportunities and barriers in respect of social in/exclusion in old age. In response, policies and practices that support active ageing are increasingly being sought, central to which are the provision of opportunities for social participation. This paper presents qualitative data (including 180 face-to-face interviews, 1...
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Ageing populations have generated new challenges in how to best design urban environments that support and promote everyday social engagement and healthy urban living for older people. In 2007 the World Health Organization published Age-friendly Cities: A Guide, which led to the development of interventions and policies at the city and community le...
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A comprehensive multi-disciplinary overview of the very latest research on ageing, concentrating on four major themes: autonomy and independence in later life, biology and ageing, food and nutrition, and representation of old age.
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Despite increasing evidence that continued engagement in creative activities is beneficial as we navigate later life, we still know comparatively little about what participation in theatre, and specifically in theatre-making, means to participants. This chapter presents selected findings from a detailed interdisciplinary case study of one particula...
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Background: There is consistent evidence of the impact that neighbourhood environment has on the wellbeing and overall quality of life of older people. Specifically, there is evidence that the characteristics of the environment, such as aesthetics, walkability and population density, play a role in influencing health-related behaviours, particularl...
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Health psychology students will need to understand how to evaluate and critically-appraise the latest theory and research before it can be applied. This fully-revised and updated Fifth Edition takes a critical approach and places health psychology in a real-world context, enabling students to understand how public policy, theory and research can in...
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Growing evidence suggests that the arts may be useful in health care and in the training of health care professionals. Four art genres – novels, films, paintings and music – are examined for their potential contribution to enhancing patient health and/or making better health care providers. Based on a narrative literature review, we examine the eff...
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Academic (sub)disciplines develop in time and place when particular ideas/practices are nurtured within social, gendered, cultural, community, economic and political contexts. Different histories employ different analyses, some with external views of scientific outputs describing research and practice, and others with internal, behind-the-scenes ex...
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Three Canadian colleagues in health psychology recount their careers in a field of research and practice whose birth they witnessed and whose developments they have critiqued. By placing the development of health psychology in Canada in a context that is both institutional and personal, Stam, Murray, and Lubek raise a series of questions about heal...
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This chapter considers the role of participation in community arts as a means of promoting greater social engagement by older people. It considers the contribution of community-based activities in general and emphasises that they should be considered part of a broader programme to enhance the quality of lives of residents of disadvantaged neighbour...
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The dominant social representation of ageing is one of decline and redundancy. It is this representation that shapes the experiences of people as they grow older, but it is also one that can be challenged in everyday social interaction as well as through various forms of social action. This chapter begins by considering the character of this domina...
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The aim of this edited collection is to highlight the contribution of a series of key approaches which provide a unique perspective on ageing. These perspectives were chosen to illustrate current psychological research on ageing which adopts a more critical and less reductionist approach. As an introduction to this collection, this chapter consider...
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This book brings together a diversity of perspectives on the psychology of ageing. Exploring theoretical, conceptual, empirical and practical viewpoints on the topic, the authors offer insight into a range of contemporary issues. Dedicated chapters discuss themes within social and critical psychology such as ageing identities, sexuality and empathy...
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Presentation of survey results and qualitative findings of Place-Making with Older People
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Objective: There is increasing evidence of both health and appearance risks associated with sunbed use. At the same time, the sunbed industry promotes the benefits of using sunbeds, and the image of a tanned skin as attractive and healthy arguably remains embedded within contemporary western culture. These tensions are played out in everyday conve...
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Previous research has highlighted the individual and social benefits of participation in arts activities for physical, psychological and social well-being. However, less is known about the transformative community aspects of the arts and very few studies have investigated arts participation over a substantial period. This article reports a case stu...
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Background The aim was to assess the feasibility of a single-centre, single-blind, randomized, crossover design to explore the effects of two slow-release dopamine agonists, ropinirole and pramipexole, on cued recall in Parkinson’s disease. As the design required a switch from the prescribed agonist (pramipexole-to-ropinirole, or ropinirole-to-pram...
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Bullying at school can be a distressing experience for children. It is also likely to be distressing for their parents. In spite of this, research in the field of school bullying and peer victimisation has tended to overlook the experience of parents when their child is bullied. This study explored school bullying from the parent’s perspective. Twe...
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Rationale: Despite the publicised health risks associated with its usage, sunbed tanning remains popular in many Western countries. Previous research indicates that knowledge of the harmful effects does not necessarily lead to a reduction in sunbed use. Objective: The aim of this study was to develop a more extensive social psychological underst...
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Health psychology formally came of age in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, but it was prefigured by much discussion about challenges to the dominance of biomedicine in healthcare and debates about the role of individual behaviour change in promoting population health. Despite current progress and accomplishments, it is important to reflect upon ear...
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Over the past generation, the use of the term narrative has spread from literary studies through the social sciences and now into everyday discourse. What was initially a rather specialised term to describe a particular literary form has now a more broad meaning for an imaginative construction of a sequence of events. This chapter explores the emer...
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In this chapter we document the historical development of health psychology within psychology and discuss the different approaches to health psychology that have emerged within the sub-discipline. We then discuss the emergence and development of qualitative research within health psychology, and the emergence of a critical perspective on health psy...
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Purpose There is increasing evidence that participation in various art forms can be beneficial for health and well-being. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of participating in a poetry reading group on a group of older residents of an assisted living facility. Design/methodology/approach Six poetry sessions, each on a different th...
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In this editorial, we position narrative health psychology as a variety of narrative psychology, a form of qualitative research in health psychology, and a psychological perspective that falls under the interdisciplinary term narrative health research. The aim of this positioning is to explore what are the most important features of the proposed ap...
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Health psychology is one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding areas of psychology as evidenced by the increasing number of research articles and training programmes. With such extensive growth there is a need for a process of regular review and identification of the major developments, opportunities and challenges. This five-volume Major Work...
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This chapter examines older people’s experiences of participation and social connectivity across a range of geographical and social locations within the UK and in low and middle income countries in order to test conceptualisations of older people’s participation and social connectivity against experience, and to begin to trace out the individual, l...
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This chapter discusses the narratives of ageing, looking at how older people can reflect on their lives and explore new opportunities. This concern with how older people represent themselves, and are represented by others, is a relatively new one in gerontology. On the other hand, images of old age and especially ageing bodies have such a powerful...
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This unique book represents the first multi-disciplinary examination of ageing, from basic cell biology to social participation in later life, drawing on the pioneering New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, the UK’s largest research programme in ageing.
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This unique book represents the first multi-disciplinary examination of ageing, from basic cell biology to social participation in later life, drawing on the pioneering New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, the UK’s largest research programme in ageing.
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Despite the growing interest amongst gerontologists and literary and cultural scholars alike, in arts participation, ageing and the artistic outputs of older people, comparatively little attention has yet been paid to theatre and drama. Likewise, community or participatory theatre has long been used to address issues affecting marginalised or exclu...
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What is critical health psychology? How is it changing the way we think about topics like ageing, the community and gender? What can it tell us about our understanding of health and illness? The second edition of this highly regarded text has been thoroughly updated to take account of the changes in the field over the last decade. It includes new c...
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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing health psychology today is in expanding its role in moves to combat the substantial social inequalities in health in our society. If health psychology is to participate in attempts to reduce these inequalities it needs to develop a more social and political approach that explores the character of the soc...
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Purpose ‐ Social engagement is important for healthy ageing but may be challenging for residents of disadvantaged urban communities. For older residents of one such community, this project aimed to examine levels of social engagement and its link with wellbeing and community attachment. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The project introduced activitie...
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At the core of qualitative research has been a desire by its practitioners to contribute to the improvement in the quality of people's lives. In this sense, it breaks down the traditional dichotomy between pure and applied research which has pervaded much social science research. In contemporary qualitative research there has been considerable work...
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The diagnosis of mental ill health continues to attract substantial stigma in western society, with evidence suggesting public attitudes to be increasingly negative. Recent reviews have highlighted the extensive research on the nature of this stigma but with limited work on the development of strategies to challenge the stigma. The aim of this case...
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Different forms of social oppression permeate our everyday lives and require ongoing effort to challenge and to resist. Disadvantaged communities experience multiple forms of social oppression which have accumulated over time. The internalisation of this social oppression contributes to feelings of powerlessness and futility. Engaging such communit...
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Music is an inherently social act, and one which contains enormous potential to bring people together and to facilitate various forms of social action. The process of engaging with other people through music has been applied to a wide range of health-related functions, including communication and emotional sharing for those with disabilities and sp...
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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing health psychology today is in expanding its role in moves to combat the substantial social inequalities in health in our society. Despite the wide range of policy initiatives introduced to reduce these social inequalities, they continue to persist and indeed may even be widening (Popay, Whitehead & Hunte...
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Community health psychology, arts and social change Community health psychology is an approach within health psychology that has evolved over the past ten years. It draws its inspiration from complementary strands within critical psychology, social activism and public health. It is concerned with working with groups and communities to transform the...
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Academically the social sciences are positioned midway between the natural sciences and the humanities. However, the use of the term science often creates a certain confusion about its heritage and orientation. Further, in times of crisis there are calls to more strongly position it alongside the dominant natural sciences. This paper argues that th...
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Description of MethodHistorical Origins and InfluencesKey Epistemological AssumptionsTypes of Research QuestionsSorts of DataInvolvement of Research ParticipantsDetails of Using Method Quality Issues“Evidence” and PolicyRecent DevelopmentsReferences
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Objectives: Treatment choice can be particularly difficult in localised prostate cancer because of the uncertainty involved. Indeed, some men prefer maintaining their masculine identity and quality of life to potentially securing longer-term survival through surgery or radiotherapy. UK health services are now obliged to leave the choice of treatmen...
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Action research assumes the active engagement of the stakeholders, such as the community, in the research, and a multiple-level process of reflection in order to evaluate and monitor the actions taken. This makes action research a suitable methodology to increase the critical understanding of the participants. In this paper we describe the challeng...
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As people age the character of their social relationships change. There is evidence that older people who reside in disadvantaged communities often experience social isolation, which in turn has been found to be associated with a variety of health problems. This article reports the initial findings from a participatory arts project with a group of...
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The closure of the cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador has had dramatic social and economic impacts on fishing communities in the province. Following a limited closure in 1992, a more extensive closure followed in 1994, which is still in force today, although income support provided to displaced fishery workers ended in 1999. A population-base...
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Early detection of breast cancer is important to reduce mortality and morbidity. Traditionally, three methods of breast screening were recommended: mammography, clinical breast examination (CBE), and breast self-examination (BSE). At present, BSE and CBE are no longer widely recommended, while mammography is still broadly promoted in the Western wo...
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To determine the relation between engagement in cultural activities and main causes of mortality among full-time employees. Finnish industrial employees (N=7922) completed a questionnaire about engagement in cultural activities (arts and culture, activities in associations, societal action, reading literature, and studying) in 1986 and were followe...
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There has been substantial empirical research on the health benefits of expressive writing. However, there has been less psychological research on the broader nature of writing and its relationship with health. The aim of this special section is to promote a more extensive engagement between health psychology and writing. It includes three articles...