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Ch 35 Health Psychology - HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY What is Health...

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HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
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What is Health Psychology? Contributes to: The promotion and maintenance of health The prevention and treatment of illness The identification of the causes of illness The analysis and improvement of healthcare systems
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Areas of Health Psychology Predicting healthy behaviour Compliance with healthcare advice Communicating with health professionals The psychology of illness Stress and coping The psychology of pain
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Predicting Healthy Behaviour Health locus of control Unrealistic optimism
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Health Locus of Control 1. If I take care of myself, I can avoid illness (Internal) 2. Whenever I get sick it is because of something I’ve done or not done (Internal) 3. Good health is largely a matter of good fortune (External) 4. No matter what I do, if I am going to get sick I will get sick (External) 5. Most  people  do  not  realise  the  extent  to  which  their  illnesses  are  controlled  by  accidental happenings (External) 6. I can only do what my doctor tells me to do (External) 7. There are so many strange disease around that you can never know how or when  you might pick one up (External) 8. When I feel ill, I know it’s because I have not been getting the proper exercise or  eating right (Internal) 9. People who never get sick are just plain lucky (External) 10. People’s ill-health results from their own carelessness (Internal) 11. I am directly responsible for my health (Internal)
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