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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY427 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research critique and evaluation
Reflection of residential school topics (5 topics)
Reflective tasks
Residential school

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.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.