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Health Psychology

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Kod przedmiotu: 2500-EN-O-67 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.4 / (0313) Psychologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Health Psychology
Jednostka: Wydział Psychologii
Grupy: obligatory courses for 3 year
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The aim of "Health Psychology" block of classes (30h lecture and 15h seminar) is to discuss the basic issues in the field of health psychology and rehabilitation as well as to train the design and evaluation of programs of health promotion.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The aim of "Health Psychology" block of classes (30h lecture and 15h seminar) is to discuss the basic issues in the field of health psychology and rehabilitation. This includes:

- theoretical concepts, definitions and models of health, illness and disability,

- the impact of psychosocial factors, particularly stress, on healthy functioning of the individual as well as adaptation and coping with illness and disability,

- the functioning of a professional psychologist in the healthcare system and the principles of cooperation with other professionals (doctors, physiotherapists, etc.), as well as in other areas of social life where knowledge of health psychology is useful (e.g. health promotion in the education system; prevention and health promotion activities undertaken by employers, local government and other institutions and non-governmental organizations),

- the psychological aspects regarding the situation of illness and various types of disabilities.

The classes will also serve to develop competences and skills related to the creation and evaluation of programs in the field of prevention and health promotion. In particular, the Intervention Mapping Protocol will be taught. Intervention Mapping provides a framework for designing theory- and evidence-based behaviour change programmes. Major perspectives in Intervention Mapping are the application of multiple theories and multiple sources of evidence in answering what, why, and how questions with respect to understanding and changing behaviour; the continuous participation of the target population, programme users, and stakeholders in programme planning, implementation, and evaluation; and the adoption of a socio-ecological perspective that acknowledges the rich physical, social, and policy environmental context in which behaviour [change] takes place.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

For Intervention Mapping, the following textbook will be used:

Bartholomew Eldredge, L. K., Markham, C. M., Ruiter, R. A. C., Fernández, M. E., Kok, G., & Parcel, G. S. (2016). Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach (4th edition). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Indicative readings for lectures 1-6, 8, and 12-15:

- Andersz, N., Bargiel-Matusiewicz, K. (2018). Gray’s personality dimensions and reasons of voluntary sleep deprivation among college students. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 2316.

- Brown, S. E. (2002). What Is Disability Culture? Disability Studies Quarterly 22 (2), 34-50 Source: www.dsq-sds.org

- Bruggemann, B. J. (2014). Disability studies/ Disability culture. In: M. L. Wehmeyer (ed.), The Oxford handbook of positive psychology and disability. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

- Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., & Collins, F. L. (Eds.). (2003). The health psychology handbook: Practical issues for the behavioral medicine specialist. Sage.

- Keyes, C. L. M. (2006). Mental health in adolescence: Is America's youth flourishing? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3), 395-402.

- Rice, V. H. (Ed.). (2012). Handbook of stress, coping, and health: Implications for nursing research, theory, and practice. Sage.

- Sarafino, E. P. (2006). Health Psychology. Biopsychosocial interaction. New York: John Wiley & Sons, INC.

- Tate, P., & Frame, F. (2019). The doctor's communication handbook. CRC Press.

- World Health Organization. (2011). World report on disability. https://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report.pdf

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)


The student has knowledge about the methods of definition, theoretical concepts and models of health, illness and disability.

The student has knowledge about the impact of psychosocial factors (including stress) on human health. Is able to indicate mechanisms conditioning adaptation to illness or disability.

The student has knowledge about psychological, social and cultural factors conditioning human functioning in a situation of illness or disability.

The student knows the areas of application of psychology in medicine, health promotion and broadly understood rehabilitation, as well as contemporary directions of scientific research in this field.

The student knows the directions and methods of scientific research conducted in the field of health psychology and rehabilitation.


The student has the ability to analyze and plan scientific research according to modern standards in the field of health psychology and rehabilitation, as well as in accordance with the principles of ethics.

The student understands the relationship between having psychological knowledge, and the effectiveness of the process of communication and cooperation with an ill patient or a person with a disability.


The student recognizes the need for an individual approach in diagnosing the situation of ill and disabled people.

The student is able to plan activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, shape a positive and complex image of people with disabilities, and to plan a scientific evaluation of the effects of activities undertaken in this area.

The student is aware of the need to apply ethical and methodological standards at scientific research and popularizing of scientific knowledge.

Specifically for intervention mapping, students will be able to:

explain the rationale for a systematic approach to intervention development;

describe an socio-ecological approach to intervention development;

explain and apply the types of logic models that can be used to conceptualise various phases of programme development;

list and apply the steps and processes of Intervention Mapping;

explain and apply the core processes in each step of developing theory- and evidence-based interventions;

explain and apply theories for understanding and changing behaviour to health and social problems.

demonstrate understanding of the Intervention Mapping protocol and its application to solving health and social problems.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

At the end of the four lectures on Intervention Mapping (Lectures 7, 9 and 10), there is an open-answer test on the Intervention Mapping process. In addition, the small-group product will be graded. There will be an exam comprising open ended and closed questions covering the content of lectures 1-6, 8, and 12-15.

The final grade is calculated as follows:

Intervention Mapping test: 20%

Intervention Mapping group project: 30%

Exam based on remaining lectures: 50%

97% or more = 5!

92-96% = 5

84-91% = 4.5

76-83% = 4

68-75% = 3.5

60-67% = 3

below 60% = 2 (fail)

Lectures: up to two lectures may be missed without excuse. Further absences need a formal excuse, however no more than seven lectures can be missed, regardless of excuse.

Seminars: one seminar can may be missed without excuse. One more seminar can be missed with formal excuse, however no more than two seminars can be missed, regardless of excuse.

Students must respect the principles of academic integrity. Cheating and plagiarism (including copying work from other students, internet or other sources) are serious violations that are punishable and instructors are required to report all cases to the administration.

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