A.M1 Assess the extent to which concepts of health psychology, health and ill health influence health- related beliefs and behaviours

  
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Unit 26: Health Psychology 

Level: 3
Unit type: Internal
Guided learning hours: 60

Unit in brief
Learners explore the application of psychology in the study of health-related behaviours, contemporary issues in health psychology, and models of stress and stress management.

Unit introduction
Health psychology has developed recently to help people focus on living healthy and fulfilling lives. People, particularly in the Western world, are becoming interested in their diet, exercise and work- life balance.

In this unit, you will learn about the role of psychology in understanding behaviour in health and ill health. You will look at how health and ill health are defined, what this means to you, your family and friends, and the service users who you may work with during your course. You will investigate the role of psychology in managing contemporary issues in health. You will explore models of stress and stress-related management strategies. You will examine the role of psychology in dealing with pain and ill health, as many people live with chronic pain.

This unit will prepare you for working with people in a caring capacity. It will also be useful if you intend to progress to study at a higher level.

Learning aims
In this unit you will:
A. Understand influences and beliefs towards health and ill health resulting in the development of health psychology as a discipline
B. Examine how psychology contributes to the management of contemporary issues in health
C. Investigate models of stress and related strategies for managing stress
D. Explore the role of psychology in dealing with pain and ill health.

Assessment criteria

Pass                                           Merit

Distinction

Learning aim A: Understand influences and beliefs towards health and ill health resulting in the development of health psychology as a discipline

 

AB.D1  Evaluate the role of health psychology, health and ill health concepts in the management of contemporary issues in health.

A.P1 Explain how concepts of health psychology, health and ill health influence health-related beliefs and behaviours.

A.M1 Assess the extent to which concepts of health psychology, health and ill health influence health- related beliefs and behaviours.

Learning aim B: Examine how psychology contributes to the management of contemporary issues in health

B.P2 Explain how health psychology can be used in the management of different contemporary issues in health.

B.M2 Assess the contribution of health psychology in the management of different contemporary issues in health.

Learning aim C: Investigate models of stress and related strategies for managing stress

C.D2

 

 

 

 

 

D.D3

Evaluate the use of strategies and psychological theories in managing stress, pain and ill health for a selected service user.

 

 

Evaluate the importance of health psychology in helping individuals to deal with contemporary issues in health, stress, pain and illness.

C.P3 Explain how stress can influence illness.

C.P4 Explain potential strategies that a selected service user can apply to manage stress.

C.M3 Analyse strategies that a selected service user can apply to manage stress with reference to their link to illness.

Learning aim D: Explore the role of psychology in dealing with pain and ill health

D.P5 Explain how psychology contributes to the management of pain.

D.P6 Explain how psychological theories can be applied to manage a service user’s illness.

D.M4 Justify how psychological theories can be applied to manage pain and ill health for a service user.


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