Health Psychology (G2)

Savitribai Phule Pune University

SYBA Psychology Syllabus (CBCS 2019 Pattern) 



SEC- 1A: Health Psychology (G2)

Learning Outcomes: After the completion of this course students will be able to:
1: Understand health psychology and arrive at the introduction to the role of psychology in health.
2: Understand the nature of stress and coping
3: Understand various factors related to health and diseases.
4: Understand quality of life and promoting the good health.

Unit-I: An Introduction to Health Psychology (12)

1- Health Psychology – Definitions, Nature, Aims
2- Biopsychosocial Model of Health
3- Psychology’s Role in HealthProblems in the HealthCare System, ‘‘The Person’’ in Health and Illness, How the Role of Psychology Emerged and Progress in Health Psychology’s Goals.
4- Application: The Need of Health Psychology- Changing Patterns of Illness, Expanded Health Care Services, Increased Medical Acceptance

Unit-II: Stress and Coping (11)

1- Stress – Definitions, Nature & Types
2- Sources of Stress – (Sources within the Person, Sources in the Family & Sources in the Community and Society)
3- Responding to Stress (Physiological, Emotional & Behavioural Response)
4- Coping Behaviour – Problem Focused coping (Ellis’s rational thinking, Positive reinterpretation & Humor as a stress reducer) & Emotion Focused Coping (Using systematic problem solving, using time more effectively & improving self-control)

Unit-III: Chronic Health Problems and Its Management (11)

1- Personal Issues in Chronic Health Disorders – The Physical Self, Achieving Self, Social Self & Private Self
2- Emotional Responses to Chronic Health Disorders – Denial, Anxiety & Depression
3- Major Chronic Health Problems- Heart Disease, Hypertension, Stroke, Cancer, Type II Diabetes & AIDS
4- Application: Psychological Interventions for Chronic Health Disorders (Pharmacological Interventions, Individual Therapy, Social Support Interventions and Relaxation, Stress Management after COVID-19)

Unit-IV: Primary Prevention & Health Promotion (11)

1- Quality of life and Health Behaviour Changing Health Habits & Health Beliefs (Attitude change & Placebo Effect)
2- Health Compromising Behaviours (Characteristics) – Obesity, Smoking & Drinking.
3- Developmental, Gender, and Sociocultural Factors in Health – Development and Health, Gender and Health, Sociocultural Factors and Health
4- Health Promoting Behaviours – Diet, Exercise, Sleep, Rest, Vaccination and Screening, Accident prevention

Source Books
Ogden, J. (2017). Health psychology: A textbook (4th ed.).McGraw Hill Education.
Sarafino, Edward P and Smith, Timothy W (2012). Health Psychology – Bio psychosocial Interaction (7th ed). Wiley India Edition.
Taylor, Shelley E. (2018). Health Psychology (10th ed). McGraw Hill Higher Education. Indian Edition
Weiten, W. and Lloyd, M. (2007). Psychology applied to modern life: Adjustment in the 21st century, Indian Edition 8th. Thomson