Total Credits: 20
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Restricted to students registered on the MSc Health Psychology, Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Summary of Content: The key cognitions associated with performing health-related behaviours; the cognitive determinants of health-related behaviours according to a range of models (health belief model, theory of planned behaviour, social cognitive theory); role of stage models to the understanding of change in health behaviours; the intention-behaviour gap in relation to health behaviours. The role of information in health-related motivation and action and how it should be presented to maximize its impact; how social influence techniques can be applied to maximize the impact of health promotion advice on motivation, in mass media, one-to-one and group communication; how the manner in which messages are processed determines which message features have most impact on attitude change; the role of self-efficacy in motivation, health behaviour and health and how self-efficacy can be enhanced. The role of elicitation research prior to intervention design; role of the ‘social ecological’ model of change and the ‘information, motivations and behavioural skills’ model; how intervention materials can target key behavioural determinants found to be deficient in the target population; role of fear appeals and the importance of theory-based materials; behaviour change techniques and their relationship to psychological theories; appraising reports of intervention evaluations in terms of the quality of outcome and process evaluations, as well as the utility and sustainability of the proposed interventions.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||5 weeks||1 per week||8 hours|
Method of Assessment:
Professor N Coulson
Education Aims: This module aims to provide students with a critical insight into psychological factors which may help us understand, predict and change health-related behaviour.
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this module, students should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
Offering School: Medicine
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