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Promotion of Well-Being and Quality of Life 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


By the end of this curricular unit, students should be able to:
1. Characterize the concepts of well-being and quality of life, also identifying its determinants and the appropriate methods to evaluated them.
2. Critically reflect upon strategies to promote well-being and quality of life as described in the literature
3. Plan and conceptualize activities to promote well-being and quality of life, starting from the scientific evidence presented in the literature.

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge on health psychology and well-being and on the models for psychological intervention.

Teaching Metodology

This curricular unit will be taught based on an active teaching methodology, resorting to the use of teaching and learning strategies that stimulate student’s engagement. Expositive classes will take place, as well as reading and discussion activities, practical exercises, and essays to evaluated the knowledge acquired throughout the term. Further resources will be the blackboard, the computer and the video projector. The digital databases of the UPT and the elearning platform will all be indispensable working tools.

The evaluation methodology will be continuous, thus including four evaluation moments throughout the term: two mini written tests, each counting with 30% for the students’ final grade, one group written work counting 15% to the students’ final grade, and one group practical examination, counting 25% of the students’ final grade.

Body of Work

1. Well-being and quality of life:
1.1. Definition and delimitation of the constructs
1.2. Impact in health and illness
1.3. Methods for the evaluation of the constructs
1.4. Determinants of well-being and quality of life
1.4.1 Intrapersonal
1.4.2. Interpersonal
2. Promotion of well-being and quality of life
2.1. Fundamentals and basic concepts
2.2. Essential strategies
2.3. Specific populations
2.4. Specific contexts of intervention

Recommended Bibliography

Canavarro, M., & Vaz Serra, A. (2010). Qualidade de vida e saúde: Uma abordagem na perspetiva da Organização Mundial de Saúde. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Pais Ribeiro, J. (2007). Introdução à psicologia da saúde. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.

Pais Ribeiro, J. & Leal, I. (2007). Avaliação em psicologia da saúde – instrumentos publicados em Português. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.

Frisch, M.B. (2006). Quality of life therapy: Applying a life satisfaction approach to positive psychology and cognitive therapy. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Sirgy, M.J. (2012). The psychology of quality of life – Hedonic well-being, life satisfaction and eudaimonia (2nd ed.). USA: Springer

Complementary Bibliography

Kahneman, D., Diener, E., & Schwarz, N. (1999; Eds.), Well-being: The foundations of hedonic psychology. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Linley, P.A. & Joseph, S. (2004). Positive psychology in practice. New Jersy: John Wiley & Sons.

McQueen, D., & Jones, C. (2007). Global perspectives on health promotion effectiveness. New York: Springer.

Lucas, K. & Lloyd, B. (2005). Health promotion: Evidence and experience. London: Sage Publications.

Seligman, N. (2011). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. NY: Free Press.

Snyder, C. R., & Lopez, S. J. (2002). Handbook of positive psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Weekly Planning

S1: Presenting the curricular unit and its evaluation methodology
S2: Definition of concepts and their relation with well-being and quality of life
S3: Methods for evaluating well-being and quality of life
S4: Intrapersonal determinants of well-being and quality of life
S5: Interruption of academic activities - Easter
S6: Intrapersonal determinants of well-being and quality of life
S7: Interpersonal determinants of well-being and quality of life
S8: Mini-test 1
S9: National holiday – Labor’s day
S10: Fundamentals and basic concepts in the promotion of well-being and quality of life
S11: Essential techniques for promotion of well-being and quality of life
S12: Essential techniques for promotion of well-being and quality of life
S13: Specific populations and contexts for promotion of well-being and quality of life
S14: Mini-test 2
S15: Group practical task

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

This curricular units’ first learning goal will be achieved within the contents covered in the first topic of this syllabus (i.e., Well-being and quality of life). The remaining two learning goals will the attained based on the contents targeted by the second topic of this syllabus (i.e., Promotion of well-being and quality of life). The last of the learning goals will also be completed based on the active involvement of the students in the completion of a group written work and oral examination on that topic.

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

The use of both expositive and interactive (e.g., discussion of written materials, practical exercises within the class) as teaching methodologies will allow for the fulfillment of the goals of this curricular unit, which are based on the acquisition of theoretical contents and on the reflection on the way they underlie direct practical implications for psychology and for the promotion of well-being and quality of life in particular.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situations  
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYes 
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to quality  
Ethical and responsible behaviour  
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYes 
IT and technology proficiencyYes 
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Relating to others  
Research skillsYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYes 
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