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PSP5070176, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
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

Teacher in charge CLAUDIO GENTILI M-PSI/08

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GENTILI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
BUODO GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)

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: Within its different parts the course shuold provide the students the following skills and knowledge:

1. Knowledge on principal health protective and at risk behaviors.
2. Knowledge on health and illness defintions and conceptualizations.
3. Knowledge on the principal models to promote healthy behaviors and to reduce risky behaviors
4. Basic skills in understanding and projecting intervention programs in health psychology.

5. Knowledge on the assessment of the psychosomatic problems, including causative, precipitating and perpetuating factors.
6. Knowledge on stress, effect of stress on health and stress management.
7. Knowledge on the effect of illness on quality of life in patients and caregivers.
8. Knowledge on the psychological effects of pain on wellbeing and quality of life in patients and caregivers.
9. Knowledge on the principal models of illness and illness perception
10. Ability to comprehend and contribute to the development of psychological intervention in patients with somatic disorders and their caregivers.
Examination methods: Written examination with multiple-choice and "fill-in the blank" questions. The number of questions will be 31 to be completed in 45 minutes
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on the ability to understand and use:
1. Knowledge of the concepts presented during the classes including:
a. health
b. risky and healthy behaviors
c. health promotion
d. assessment in psychosomatics
e. stress and its effects
f. pain and illness effects on patients' and caregivers' quality of life
g. illness and illness perception models
2. the compliteness of the knowledge on the topics of the course
3. terminologic appropiateness
4. ability to integrate the different competencies and knoledge recived
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