20 credits at level HE5
Provides an introduction to health psychology as an area of study based on applying relevant psychological perspectives to a range of health and illness scenarios. It explores how health and illness issues and practices can be illuminated by resort to appropriate concepts, theories and models.
The module presents the opportunity for students to make reference to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (DoH 2004), enabling students to identify reflect and gather evidence of their progression through the dimensions and levels outlined in the document.
History of the emergence of a health psychology and what it has to offer with reference (where appropriate) to changing patterns of illness.
Psychological issues in an Illness Process.
Researching topics such as:
Food and Eating
Cancer prevention, detection and management
Pain: theories, psychology, assessment and management.
Selected topics such as stress and well being, social support, self perspectives, control issues and screening.
Regular formal input sessions will be held followed by class discussions and short student led seminars reporting on work done and one to one tutorials with students for giving feedback on student work.
The assessment will take the form of two 2500 word essays.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the emergence of health psychology as offering a bio/psycho/social perspective on health and illness||Demonstrate familiarity with the role of Health Psychology in clarifying approaches to health and illness|
|2.||Deploy a range of psychological theories to practices relating to beliefs, attitudes and intentions to individual health and illness behaviours..||Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of patterns of health and illness behaviours through resort to beliefs, attitudes and intentions.|
|3.||Engage critically with a range of models and research to develop a better understanding of specific illness scenarious||Shows a practical effectiveness in the use of a range of core analytical concepts of health psychology.|
|4.||Manipulate and evaluate a range of strategies, informed by research findings, which claim to help clients more effectively cope with illness and which include developing a healthy lifestyle||Shows evidence of reading research studies which can lead to practical outcomes and possibly new approaches to practice|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 2500 work essay.||A 2500 word essay.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Baum, A., Gatchel, R. and Krantz, D. (1997) An Introduction to Health Psychology. Third Edition. McGraw-Hill.
Crossley, M (1999) Re-constructing Health Psychology Milton Keynes: OUP.
Taylor, S. (1997) Health Psychology. Third Edition McGraw Hill.
Pitts, M and Phillips K (1998) The Psychology of Health Second Edition
Niven, Neil (2000) Health Psychology for Health Care Professionals . London: Churchill- Livingstone/
Marks, D., Murray, M, Evans, B and Willig,C (2000) Health Psychology: theory, resources and practice. London: Sage.
Marks, D (2002) The Health Psychology Reader. London: Sage.
Marks, D.F and Yardley, L (2003) Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology. London: Sage.
Niven, Neil (2000) Health Psychology for Health Care Professionals. London: Churchill Livingstone.
Ogden, J (1999) Health Psychology: a textbook. Second Edition. Open Univ.
Ogden, J (2003) The Psychology of Eating: from Healthy to Disordered Eating. London:Blackwell.
Roberts, R, Towell, T and Golding, J.F. (2001) Foundations of Health Psychology. Basingstoke@ Palgrave.
Schafer, W (1996) Stress Managment for Wellness. London: Harcourt Brace.
Horn, S and Munafo, M (1997) Pain: theory, research and intervention. London: OUP.
Special Resource: Milne, D (1992) Assessment: a mental health portfolio. London: NFER. A collection of investigative instruments and test materials for use in teaching contexts by approved users.
Wall, Patrick (1999) Pain: the science of suffering. London: Phoenix.
Some useful websites
Royal Society of Medicine: www.rsm.ac.uk;;
Division of Health Psychology of British Psychological Society: www.health-psychology.org.uk
British Journal of Health Psychology: www.bps.org.uk/publications
Eating Disorders Association: www.edauk.com
World Congress on Menís Health : www.unvie.ac.at/wcmh/website
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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