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Introduction to Health Psychology

Code 12518
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Psychology
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes This curricular unit is designed to provide an introduction to Health Psychology. It intends to familiarize students with the main contributions of psychological research to prevention and health promotion, and to the understanding of the individual and family adaptation to illness.

At the end of the UC, students should be able to:
- Characterize the scientific field of Health Psychology;
- Understand the main constructs and theoretical models underlying the relationship between health and disease;
- Explain the biopsychosocial model and its importance for the relationship between health and disease;
- Identify key processes and psychosocial factors involved in disease prevention and illness experience;
- Describe the main methods of intervention in Health Psychology applied to common health issues (e.g. stress, chronic conditions)
- Analyze and synthesize research on health psychology.
Syllabus 1. Foundations of Health Psychology (contexts; biopsychosocial model, concepts of Health and Illness);
2. Health promotion, disease prevention and intervention (behavior and health psychology; communication and adherence; stress, health and disease; pain; chronic diseases)
Main Bibliography - Barros, L. (2003). Psicologia pediátrica. Perspectiva desenvolvimentista (2ª Ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi.
- Bishop, G.D. (1994). Health psychology: integrating mind and body. Boston. Allyn & Bacon.
- Brannon, L. & Feist, J. (2001). Psicología de la Salud. Madrid: Paraninfo Thomson Learning.
- Joyce-Moniz, L. &Barros, L. (2005). Psicologia da doença para cuidados de saúde. Porto: Edições ASA.
- Ogden, J. (2004). Psicologia da Saúde (2ª Ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi.
- Ribeiro, J.L. (2007). Introdução à psicologia da saúde. Coimbra. Quarteto.
- Sarafino, E.P. (2012). Health Psychology. Biopsychosocial interactions (7ª Ed.). New York. John Wiley & Sons.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2017-08-10

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