After successful completion of the ‘Health psychology’ study unit the student is able to:|
- give a description of the occurrence, symptoms, course, risk factors, impact on quality of life, and psychosocial aspects of some specific health problems and disorders.
- describe the psychological processes and behaviours that facilitate or hamper recovery from disease or adaptation to disease.
- describe via which processes patient-provider interaction may influence health and how (technological) interventions may improve patient-provider interaction
- describe the main psychological theories and models to explain (un)healthy behaviours.
- analyze a health behavior from the perspective of a dual process model by distinguishing implicit and reflective processes in health behavior
- design and program a computer-based implicit test (a response latency approach avoidance test) for a specific health behavior
- explain how health behaviors and adaptation to illness can be promoted using behavioural change techniques
- explain the possibilities and limitations of various assessment methods in health psychology such as interviews, questionnaires, computer adaptive testing, mobile and real-time measurements.
The Health psychology study unit offers an introduction in health psychology.|
Through lectures, tutorials and study assignments you will learn about the main psychological theories and models in the field. These theories relate to what it means for people to become ill and to live with a chronic or life-threatening disease. Topics relate to psychological aspects in the so-called ‘illness journey’ and include, for example, healthy behaviours, help-seeking in case of symptoms, dealing with pain, impairment, fatigue and stress, but also patient-provider interaction and self- management. It will be discussed how we can support patients to cope with chronic disease and live a satisfying and meaningful life.
Moreover, these basic health psychological theories relate to explaining and influencing health behaviours. In this context, you will become acquainted with a dual-process perspective and learn which conscious and unconscious processes underlie health behaviour, and which novel techniques are emerging from this field.
In general, special attention will be given to the innovative use of technology to promote health behaviour and adaptation to disease and the technology driven innovative measurement of important outcomes. Your knowledge will be evaluated by 2 MC exams.
This study unit is part of the module Health Psychology & Applied Technology (202000340). A module is offered as one educational unity and students take it as such.