A City Guide To Lanxi for Medical sociology Medical sociology exemplifies the close relationship between psychology and sociology, with health and illness being considered in terms of social factors that may influence individuals. It takes a wider macro approach to the individual in that they are considered within family, kinship, culture. While health psychology also considers external influences on health and illness, it has traditionally focused more on the individual’s cognitions/beliefs and responses to the external world and obviously takes a psychological rather than a sociological perspective. The advent of critical health psychology see below may make the boundaries between medical sociology and health psychology more blurred. Clinical psychology Health psychology and health psychologists are often confused with clinical psychology and clinical psychologists! Clinical psychology is concerned with mental health and the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. Clinical psychologists are typically practitioners working within the healthcare setting, delivering assessments, diagnoses and psychological interventions that are derived from behavioural and cognitive principles. Many of these principles inform health psychology research and practice see the many examples of cognitive-behavioural interventions outlined in this text, but the difference fundamentally comes down to the populations with whom we work and the professional status of our discipline. A City Guide To Lanxi 2016.