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Health Psychology, Stress and Coping 2016/2017

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment

Objectives

- know the specificities and complementarities of the Psychology of Health and Clinic Psychology and its applications;
- Understand the main health models;
- Know the concepts of stress and coping, the associated signs and symptoms, as well as the consequences;
- Identify personality factors associated with stress and its impact on health promotion and disease prevention.
- To develop assessment and intervention skills in stress, especially in the processes involved in health / illness behaviors and clinical conditions.

Recommended Prerequisites

Dont have.

Teaching Metodology

In this curse unit will be taught in theoretical-practical classes in which expositive and participatory techniques will be adopted. There will be practical sessions of application of evaluation techniques and psychological intervention.

Body of Work

1 - Health Psychology:
1.1 - Definition and fundamentals
1.2 - Distinction between Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology
1.3 - Interactionist and multifactorial models in health

2 - Stress and Coping:
2.2 - Concept of stress
2.3 - Signs and symptoms of stress
2.4 - Stress-inducing circumstances
2.5 - Biological, cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes generated by stress.
2.6 - Different modes of coping
2.7 - Personality and stress

3 - Psychological Evaluation and Intervention in Stress:
3.1 - The 23 QVS (stress vulnerability scale)
3.2 - Clinical interview
3.3 - Preventive Intervention Strategies
3.4 Remedial intervention strategies

Recommended Bibliography

Ramos, N. (2004). Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde. Universidade Aberta.

Serra, A. V. (2011). O stress na vida de todos os dias. 3ª ed. Coimbra: Quarteto

Guerra, M . P. (2014). Intervir em Grupos na Saúde. Lisboa:Climepsi Editores.

Ogden, J. (1999). Psicologia da Saúde. Lisboa: Climepsi Editores.

Strauf, R. O. (2007). Health Psychology: a biopsychosocial approach. New York: Worth.

Trindade, I. & Teixeira, J. (2000). Psicologia nos cuidados de saúde primários. Lisboa: Climepsi Editores.

Complementary Bibliography

Bennett, P. (2002). Introdução Clínica à Psicologia da Saúde. Manuais Universitários. Lisboa: Climepsi Editores.

Lazarus, R. (1966). Psychological Stress and the Coping Process. New York: McGrawHill.

McIntyre T. (1994). Psicologia da Saúde: Áreas de intervenção e perspectivas futuras. Braga: APPORT.

Weekly Planning

Week 1

Presentation of the syllabus of the curricular unit, method of evaluation and recommended bibliography.

Week 2

Health Psychology: Definition and fundamentals; Distinction between Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology.
Interactionist and multifactorial models in health.

Week 3
Stress and Coping: Concept of stress; Signs and symptoms of stress; Stress-inducing circumstances

Week 4

Biological, cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes generated by stress.

Week 5
Different modalities of coping. Personality and stress.
Psychological Evaluation in Stress:
- The clinical interview
- The 23 QVS (stress vulnerability scale)

Week 6

Remedial Intervention Strategies

Week 7

Test

Week 8

"Eu e os Outros" Program (ARS-North invited psychologists)


Week 9

"Eu e os Outros" Program (ARS-North invited psychologists)


Week 10

"Eu e os Outros" Program (ARS-North invited psychologists)


Week 11

"Eu e os Outros" Program (ARS-North invited psychologists)


Week 12

"Eu e os Outros" Program (ARS-North invited psychologists)


Week 13

"Eu e os Outros" Program (ARS-North invited psychologists)

Week 14

Remedial Intervention Strategies

Week 15

Overview of the syllabus lectured over the semester.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

In a first moment, the contents about the specificities and complementarities of Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology, its specificities, main models, as well as the concepts of stress and coping, associated signs and symptoms and associated consequences will be exposed, and identification of personality factors associated with stress. After acquiring this knowledge, there are moments of evaluation and intervention practice, which will allow the development of skills in this field.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Since students are expected to acquire theoretical knowledge of concepts and models from the Psychology of Health, Stress and Coping, the teaching methodology will be in a first stage, expository, followed by the development of evaluation and intervention skills, using the Role-play, allowing students to try out these same strategies.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYes 
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYes 
Bargaining ability  
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYesYes
CreativityYes 
Cultural awareness  
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYes 
Initiative and entrepreneurship capabilityYes 
IT and technology proficiencyYesYes
Leadership  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessmentYes 
TeamworkYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversity  
Working in international context  
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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