At the end of this course, the students; 1) They can explain the basic concepts and theories of health psychology. 2) Interpret the effects of mind-body interaction on health and disease. 3) They can relate their thinking processes to health and illness. 4) They can compare the research and application areas of health psychology. 5) They will be able to criticize the research and applications of health psychology specific to certain diseases.
MODE OF DELIVERY
Face to face
PRE-REQUISITES OF THE COURSE
RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL PROGRAMME COMPONENT
In this course, firstly, the historical development of health psychology, after introducing research methods, the definition of health, the biological and psychological factors underlying health and disease, the relationship between stress and health, and the importance of managing stress will be discussed. Then, under the title of health-related behaviors, proper nutrition, obesity and eating disorders, addiction problems, compliance with treatment and cooperation will be discussed. In addition, the psychology of chronic and fatal diseases and the approaches of health psychologists towards people with chronic diseases or fatal diseases are among the topics to be discussed. Among the other topics to be discussed are the current state and future of health psychology, and the programs that health psychologists can apply to other health care teams working in health institutions.
Getting Started, What is Health Psychology?
Health Risk and Protective Behavior
Explaining Health Behavior
Symptom Perception, Interpretation, and Response
Stress and Illness Moderators
The Impact and Outcome of Illness: Patient
The Impact and Outcome of Illness: Families and Informal Caregivers
Future of Health Psychology, General Evaluation
RECOMENDED OR REQUIRED READING
Morrison, V. & Bennett, P. (2016) Introduction to health psychology (4th ed.). UK: Pearson Publications Inc.