PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology (8)

The subject examines three major issues in health psychology: The relationship between personality and health, health promotion and the experience of chronic illness. A comparison of the mainstream and critical approaches to health psychology will be an underlying theme in the subject.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

4th year Psychology students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and compare the mainstream and critical approaches to health psychology
  • be able to define a range of personality traits which have been linked to illness and health behaviour, and critically evaluate research into this relationship
  • be able to discuss and critically evaluate major models of health behaviour that underpin contemporary health promotion
  • be able to critically evaluate research into the experience of chronic illness


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Mainsteam and critical approaches to health psychology - Personality and health: Type A behaviour, locus of control, and self-efficacy - Health promotion: Protection motivation theory, the health belief model, the theory of planned behaviour - The experience of chronic illness: psychological impact of chronic illness, coping with chronic illness

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.The program for the residential school will include sessions on each of the topics within the subject. It will also include student presentations of the drafts of their second assignment.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.