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Assessment and Intervention in Health Contexts

Code 11769
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 5
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Psychology
Entry requirements NA
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Learning outcomes It is expected that the student learn, relate and apply the main intervention paradigms in the area of health promotion and disease prevention, as well as in the field of adaptation to illness and to medical treatments.
At the end student should be able to:
- Identify the main intervention contexts of health psychologist;
- Identify psychological assessment techniques and instruments commonly used in health settings;
- To explain theoretical and practical foundations of intervention in health promotion and adaptation to chronic illness;
- Elect, plan and implement appropriate methodologies to psychological intervention in different diseases;
- Understand the framework of palliative care in the continuum of care for people with chronic and terminal illness;
- Discuss the relevance of adopting a developmental perspective on intervention in pediatric psychology;
- Select, plan and implement the main methods of intervention in pediatric clinical psychology.
- Discuss ethical issues of intervention in health settings;
- Critically analyze scientific research in this area.
Syllabus I. Introduction to Health Psychology: foundations, aims and contexts of intervention.
II. Psychological assessment in health contexts: some examples of techniques and instruments.
III. Intervention models for health promotion and disease prevention.
IV. Intervention models in adaptation to illness and to medical treatments.
V. Psychological intervention in chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, cancer).
Vi. Psychological intervention in terminal illness: palliative care
VII. Psychological intervention in Pediatric Psychology
Main Bibliography - Barros, L. (2003). Psicologia Pediátrica: perspectiva desenvolvimentista (2ª Ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi.
- Bennett, P. (1999). Psychology and health promotion. Buckingham: Open University.
- Joyce-Moniz, L. & Barros, L. (2005). Psicologia da doença para cuidados de saúde. Desenvolvimento e intervenção. Porto: Edições Asa.
- Ribeiro, J. P. (2007). Avaliação em psicologia da saúde: instrumentos publicados em Português. Coimbra: Quarteto.
- Roberts, M. (2009). Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (4th Ed.). N.Y.: The Guilford Press.
- Salazar, H. (2017). Intervenção Psicológica em Cuidados Paliativos. Lisboa: Pactor.
- Sarafino, E. P. & Smith, T. W. (2012). Health psychology: biopsychosocial interactions (7th Ed.). N.Y.: John Wiley & Sons.
- Silva, I. L. (2006). Psicologia da diabetes: análise dos aspectos psicossociais, problemática e intervenção. Coimbra: Quarteto.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The teaching and learning activities include the collection and systematization of knowledge, exposure of theoretical content, analysis and discussion papers and programs / cases, role playing and conducting individual and group work.
The parameters considered in the evaluation of this UC are:
1. one (1) individual knowledge assessment test: 60% of the final mark;
2. two (1) group assignments (3 to 4 students): 40% of the final grade.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-27

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