20 credits at level HE4
1. Introduce the student to the nature and characteristics of psychology in the context of health and physical activity.
2. Introduce the nature of significance of individual differences and their relationship to health and physical activity behaviour.
3. Introduce the implications of health and physical activity participation to personal development
4. Begin to develop skills in the investigations of health and physical activity psychology
1.Psychology defined; the development of psychology in health and physical activity ; the role of the psychologist in health and physical activity ; Health and illness: definitions and concepts of health and illness; the perception of illness; coping within illness
Health behaviours: theories — health-belief model, theory of reasoned action; factors which
predict health behaviours eg age, poverty; cultural attitudes and their role
in health behaviours; compliance and non-compliance; the ‘sick role’, placebo effects,
psychosomatic and somatopsychic effects of illness; responses to common illnesses
2.Smoking/alcohol and other substance dependency;social learning perspective, addictive behaviour — from a psychological viewpoint;Eating behaviour;exercise behaviour.
3.Development of stress models;Coping strategies and responses;Role of psychological factors;Stress-illness link;Stress management strategies.
4.Understand the role of psychology in chronic and terminal illness
Chronic illness: definitions, trends in prevalence, the role of psychological factors in pain perception, behavioural processes,cognitive states, anxiety; the availability of intervention/treatment
Examples of illnesses that could be studied include:
Heart disease: role and extent of psychology in heart disease, predicting and changing
behavioural/lifestyle risk factors; the role of psychology in rehabilitation
Cancer: role of psychology in cancer, psychological factors in onset and progression of
cancer, psychological consequences of cancer, role of psychology in alleviation of
Sexually transmitted diseases: role of psychology in the study of sexually transmitted
diseases; attitudes and behaviour change, psychology and prevention
Back pain: the incidence of back pain and its effects on individual behaviour
Asthma: psychological theories of causation; the effects on families; the effects on
Diabetes: the effects on mental health and lifestyle; coping mechanisms of those affected
Teaching: this will be delivered via a variety ofmethods including lectures,group seminars,guest speakers,case studies,guided learning via private study.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify psychological theories and factors relevant in physical activity and health||Prepare an assignment identifying psychological theories within health and physical activity|
|2.||Describe contemporary issues within health and physical activity||Prepare an assignment describing contemporary issues in health and physical activity|
|3.||Identify models of stress and stress management strategies in health and physical activity||Describe the various models of stress and identify appropriate stress management strategies in health and physical activity|
|4.||Describe the role of psychology in treating illness||Describe the role psychology plays in treating a specified illness|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||1,500 Word Report||Individual|
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.
Biddle, S. J. H., & Mutrie, N. (2001). Psychology of physical activity: Determinants, well-being and interventions. London: Routledge.
Biddle, S. J. H., Fox, K. R., & Boutcher, S. H. (Eds.). (2000). Physical activity and psychological well-being. London: Routledge.
Crossley, M (1999) Re-constructing Health Psychology Milton Keynes: OUP.
Horn, S and Munafo, M (1997) Pain: theory, research and intervention. London: OUP.
Jowett, S. & Lavallee, D. (Eds.) (2006). Social Psychology in Sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
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, G. C. (Ed.). (2001). Advances in motivation in sport and exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
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.
Taylor, S. (1997) Health Psychology. Third Edition McGraw Hill.
Pitts, M and Phillips K (1998) The Psychology of Health Second Edition
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 Men’s Health : www.unvie.ac.at/wcmh/website
|Host Subject Group:||Sport, Leisure and Tourism|
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