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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course unit
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
PSP5070176, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CLAUDIO GENTILI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 12/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Clinical Psychology (e.g., principal psychopahtological disorders)
Basic knowledge of psychology and psychophysiology of stress and of psychosomatics conditions
Basic knowledge of epidemiology (e.g., definitions of prevalence, incidence, risk factors etc.).
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge on principal health protective and at risk behaviors.

Knowledge on health and illness defintions and conceptualizations.

Knowledge on the assessment of the psychosomatic problems, including causative, precipitating and perpetuating factors.

Knowledge on stress, effect of stress on health and stress management.

Knowledge on the effect of illness on quality of life.

Knowledge on intervention strategies in health psychology both at individual and population levels.

Knowledge on the psychological effects of pain on wellbeing and quality of life.
Examination methods: Written examination with multiple-choice and "fill-in the blank" questions.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on the ability to understand and use basic knowledge in clinical psychology and merge them with other basic competences
Course unit contents: During the course the main concepts in Health Psychology will be considered:
What is health
Health-risk and protective behaviors
Reducing risk of disease at individual and population levels
Symptom percepetion, interpretation and response from the psychological perspective
The consultation in health psychology
Stress health and illness
The impact of illness on quality of life
Pain percepetion and response
improving quality of life in illness
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the course the above-mentioned topics will be discussed in their general aspects including the use of exemplificative examples. Students are asked to complete and expand these topics on the suggested text-book.
Clinical cases simulation and presentation will be presented. Clinical cases will be presented and discussed interactively including the psychological and psychophysiological aspects of the assessment.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the materials (slides, papers etc.) used during classes will be available for the students
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • V. Morrison, P. Bennett, An Introduction to Health Psychology. --: Pearson, 2016. IV Edizione Cerca nel catalogo