Chapter%2015%20%28Health%20Psychology%29%20-%20Thursday%20April%201%20%202010

Chapter%2015%20%28Health%20Psychology%29%20-%20Thursday%20April%201%20%202010

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Psychology 1000 Sec 003  Chapter 15: Health Psychology April 1, 2010 Outline Health Psychology -suicide: causes and prevention -treating alcohol abuse -health psychology --health risk factors --health and attitudes/behaviors --stress and health --protective factors Sample Exam Questions The most important factor in predicting effective treatment outcome is: -the quality of the therapeutic relationship Based on a recent survey, the greatest number of psychologists offer treatment  consistent with: -an eclectic approach
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Suicide -~3500 annually in Canada -devastating effects on survivors-some develop PTSD, especially if they found the  person after death -more women than men attempt suicide -more men than women die by suicide (more lethal methods) -myths about suicide -people attempt suicide just to get attention -if you talk to someone about their suicidal feelings they are more likely to attempt  suicide -all those who commit suicide are depressed -if someone wants to commit suicide, there is no way to stop them -suicide risk factors 1. biological factors -suicide is not hereditary -biological predisposition for certain illnesses 2. psychological factors -presence of a psychological disorder (e.g., depression, schizophrenia, substance  abuse) -cognitive factors (negative attitudes about themselves and their future but not other  people, hopelessness, problem-solving deficits, restricted thinking, rumination)
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3. emotional factors -high levels of negative emotion -difficulty regulating emotion 4. learning theory -“contagion effects” 5. environmental factors -lack of social support
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  • Fall '10
  • ATKINSON
  • Psychology, Outline Health Psychology, health ­­protective factors

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