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In 10000bce, an illness caused by evil spirits is treated with what?

In 10000bce, an illness caused by evil spirits is treated with what?


School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Department: Psychology
Course: Health Psychology
Term: Spring 2019
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Health Psychology Test 1 Study Guide Chapter 1: Intro to Health Psychology

In 10000bce, an illness caused by evil spirits is treated with what?

● What is health psychology? 

“The application of psychological principles and research to the enhancement of health and the prevention/treatment of illness”

● Good working definition because prior the idea of health was all physical; this includes ALL aspects of health

● Areas of Health Psychology and their goals:

○ Health promotion and maintenance → promote/instill health behaviors

○ Prevention/Treatment of illness → new focus on We also discuss several other topics like What is the 3rd law of thermodynamics?

prevention medicine

○ Etiology- the scientific study of causes/origins of specific diseases → focuses on the correlating psychology factors of diseases

What is the focus of the ecological systems theory?

○ Healthcare system check → improving our current

healthcare and policies to fit our changing society

○ Help people cope with disease/illnesses → psychology factors and interdisciplinary approach to treatment

● History of Health

Timeline for Healing We also discuss several other topics like Adaptive radiation means what?

● Prehistoric period (10,000 BCE)

○ illness caused by evil spirits and treated with sorcery

● Ancient Egypt (2000 BCE)

○ Demons and punishment by the gods caused illnesses ○ Sorcery and primitive forms of surgery and hygiene were considered treatment

What is the biomedical model?

● Ancient China (1100-200 BCE)

○ Unbalanced forces of nature caused illness

○ Treated with herbal medicine and acupuncture

● Ancient Greece

○ Illness caused by an imbalance of bodily humors ○ Good diet and good living would cure it

● Ancient Rome (200 BCE)

○ “Pathogens” such as bad air and body humors caused illness Don't forget about the age old question of What is the function of the endocrine system?

○ Treated by bloodletting, enemas and baths If you want to learn more check out Texans have a high poverty rate of how many percent?

● Middle Ages (476-1450)

○ Disease was divine punishment for sins

○ Cured by miraculous intervention, invoking saints ● Renaissance

○ Disease was a physical condition of the body which was separated from the mind

○ Surgical techniques first used

● 1800s

○ Disease caused by microscopic organisms

○ Treatment was surgery and immunization

● 1920s We also discuss several other topics like Who is benjamin franklin?

○ Disease influenced by mind and emotions and treated with psychoanalysis, psychiatry and other medical methods ● 21st Century

○ Biopsychosocial model

● Biomedical model - the idea that a physical cause is at the root of all illness

○ No psychology considerations are considered irrelevant ○ Challenges

→ Freud and his psychoanalytic contributions, some illnesses have psychological symptoms that manifest physically

→ Franz Alexander and psychosomatic medicine,

personality (mind) patterns linked to bodily

■ Result of challenges: neither are sufficient enough alone to cause illness

● Pathogen​ - a virus bacterium or some other microorganism that causes a particular disease

● Reductionism - “complex phenomena” have root in a single primary factor

○ Plays into Mind Body Dualism where mind and body are separate and their interactions are obsolete

● Biopsychosocial Approach

Health Psychology We also discuss several other topics like What is meaning of down syndrome?

● Mind and body are not separated

● Ecological Systems Theory - which states all levels are linked together hierarchically → changes in one level causes changes to another level

● Clinical Applications - diagnosis should contain 3 factors → biological, psychological and social factors

○ Relationship with patient and practitioner is important ■ Improves treatment efficiency

● Health Psychology as a Growing Field

○ Positive health- scientific study of health assets which are factors that produce longer life, reduce illness and increase overall well-being

○ Health psychology is a growing field as researchers work to see the types of things (diseases/illnesses) that are killing people today

■ Because of higher death expectancy, causes of death has changed

■ Acute disorders - flu

■ Chronic illnesses - heart disease

○ Formal Emergence of Health Psychology 

■ 1973 - AOA creates task force to study role of health in psychology

■ 1979 - APA creates diversion 38 of health psychology ■ 2000- APA creates diversion 54 for pediatric psychology ○ Careers in Health Psychology 

■ Behavioral Medicine - adherence to medical regimes and coping with illness

■ Pediatric Medicine - health psychology focusing on children, adolescents and their families

■ Public health - aims to spread health promotion and preventative health services

Chapter 2: Research in Health Psychology

● The Scientific Method

○ Pose question and formulate hypotheses

○ Design an investigation

○ Collect data

○ Analyze data

○ Distribute the results

Types of Data

Nature of Data

Surveys and Interviews

Quantitative data


Qualitative data

Standardized Tests

Physiological measures

● Psychology Research Designs

○ Correlation - determine naturally occurring associations among existing variables

○ Correlation coefficient - quantifies strength and direction of associations

**Correlation is not the same as causation**

● Experimental - manipulate the independent variable and then look for changes in the dependent variable, while controlling all other variables

○ Helps identify cause and effect

● Quasi Experimental - study comparing two groups that differ naturally on a specific variable of interest

○ Hard to control and manipulate because this is dealing with intractable variable → variable that is difficult or

impossible to manipulate

○ Ex) age, gender, ethnicity

○ Tend to be related to underlying biological, cognitive and social factors that are the true causal variable

● Time Span of Research

○ Cross sectional study - a type of observational study in which data are collected from a population, or representative subset, at one specific point in time

■ Limitations

● Do not reveal information about changes in people

over a period of time

● Make sure that the various groups are somewhat

similar in ways other than different levels of the

independent variable

○ Longitudinal Study - where a single group of people is observed over a long period of time

■ Allows information about a person at one age to be

compared with information about the same person at a

different age

● Epidemiology

“The scientific study of the frequency, distribution and causes of a particular disease of other health outcome in a population”

● Common terms :

○ Etiology - the origins of causes of specific diseases

○ Morbidity - number of cases of a specific disease, injury or disability in a given group of people at a time

○ Mortality - number of deaths due to a specific cause in a given group or people at a given time

■ Incidence - number of new cases of a disease or

condition that occur in a specific population within a

defined time interval

■ Prevalence - number of diagnosed cases of a disease

or condition that exist at a given time

● Objectives in Epidemiological Research 

1. Pinpoint the etiology of a particular disease in order

to generate hypotheses

2. Evaluate hypotheses

3. Test the effectiveness of specific preventative health


● Epidemiology- Research Design:

○ Retrospective studies - a longitudinal study that looks back at the history of a group of people, often suffering from a particular disease or condition → ex) AIDS - increase among gay men because of unprotected anal sex

■ case control study - people with disease or condition (case) are compared with people who are not affected by the

disease or condition (control group)

○ Protective study - a forward looking longitudinal study that begins with a health group of subjects and follows the

development of a particular disease in that sample → ex) tracking women’s alcohol consumption to see if women who drink more are likely to get breast cancer

■ Can yield to more specific information than retrospective studies about potential causal relationships between health behaviors and health outcomes

● Experimental Research

○ Natural Experiment - a researcher attempts to study an independent variable under natural conditions that approximate to a controlled study → ex)- group members exposing themselves to health hazards (drugs) vs. group members who are not

○ Randomized Clinical Trial - an experiment that tests the effects of one independent variable (drug or treatment) on individuals or on groups of individuals

■ Gold standard of biomedical research

■ Involves measurement of a baseline level of a condition, followed by a measure of the effectiveness of a treatment

● Meta-Analysis

○ A quantitative technique that combines the results of many studies examining the same effect or phenomenon

■ Provides a systematic procedure for summarizing existing evidence about focused research hypotheses

○ Advantages:

■ Pooling results → significant results because combined

studies have more participants

■ Findings hold up across different studies from different

researchers → gives researchers greater confidence in

findings’ validity

■ Researchers can repeat experiment and should reach same conclusion

● Relative Risk

“Ratio of the incidence or prevalence of a health condition in a group exposed to the risk factor to the incidence or prevalence NOT exposed to the risk factors”

● Indicates likelihood a particular risk factor is related to a health outcome

**Risk is NOT the same as causation**

● Critical thinking - a questioning approach to all information and arguments

● Confirmation bias - a form of faulty reasoning in which our expectations prevent us from seeing alternative explanation for our observations

Chapter 6: Theories of Health Behavior

● Health behaviors - actions that people take to maintain or improve their health

● Important Health Promoting Behaviors (example → textbook) ○ No smoking and other forms of tobacco use

○ No eating high-fat and low-fiber foods

○ Engaging in enough physical activity

○ No alcohol or other drugs (including prescription drugs) ○ Using proven medical methods for preventing or diagnosing disease early (ex. Flu shots)

○ No engaging in violent behavior or behavior that may cause unintentional injuries

● Theories of Health Behavior

○ Health belief model (HBM)- theory that identifies 4 factors that influence decision making regarding behavior

■ Perceived susceptibility - the greater the perceived

susceptibility, the stronger the motivation to engage in

health-promoting behaviors

■ Perceived severity of the health threat - the condition will have an impact on family, friends and coworkers

■ Perceived benefits of and barriers to treatment -

evaluating pros and cons of a particular health behavior

■ Cues to Action - advice from friends, media campaigns and factors like age and socioeconomic status will influence a


○ Theory of Planned Behavior - theory that predicts health behavior on the basis of three factors:

■ Attitude towards the behavior

● Behavior intention​ → the rational decision to engage

in a health-related behavior or to refrain from

engaging in that behavior

■ subjective norm regarding behavior

● individual’s interpretation of the views of other

people regarding particular behavior

■ control over behavior - expectation of success

○ Criticism of HBM and TPB: 

■ Attitudinal approaches are limited in explaining spontaneous or long term behavior changes

■ Attempts of health-based attitude change may evoke irrational or defensive reactions

■ Attitude change may not alter behavior change or provide necessary steps to change the behavior

■ A lot of health behaviors are automatic or unconscious ■ Doesn’t take self-regulation in account

○ The Transtheoretical Model- stage theory that contends that people pass through 5 stages in altering health-related behavior

People are not seriously thinking about

changing their behavior

People acknowledge the existence of a

problem and considering changing their


Includes thoughts and actions, preparing


People have actually changed their

behavior and trying to sustain their effort

Successful at their effort

○ Self Determination Theory - people are actively motivated to pursue their goals and change their behavior → usually tied to important values

■ Free will and choice

■ Belief that one is capable of making the change

● Levels of Prevention

○ Primary Prevention​ - health promoting actions to prevent diseases or injuries from occurring

○ Secondary Prevention​ - actions taken to identify and treat an illness or disability early in its course

○ Tertiary Prevention​- actions taken to contain damage once a disease or disability has progressed beyond its early stages

● Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

○ Focus on the conditions that elicit health behaviors and the factors that help to maintain and reinforce them

○ Form of physical therapy that emphasizes the important roles of thought processes and behavioral reinforcements in impacting behaviors and wellness

○ Apply principles of classical and operant conditioning to modify thoughts and behaviors

■ Classical - a response which is at first elicited by the second stimulus is eventually elicited by the first stimulus alone ■ Operant - learning process through which the strength of a behavior is modified by reinforcement or punishment 

○ Actions 

■ Self Monitoring- people tracking their own behavior; 

frequency and consequences of target behavior 

■ Stimulus control interventions - ridding the environment of discriminative stimuli 

■ Self reinforcement - rewarding or punishing oneself to increase or decrease a behavior 

■ Contingency contracting - contracting with another person detailing reward or punishment 

■ Behavioral Assignments- home practices supporting the goals of therapy

○ Building new skills

■ Cognitive restructuring - modifying internal monologues to promote behavior change

■ Social skills training - program teaching skills to be more effective in social situations or to deal with social anxiety ■ Relaxation training - procedure that would help people relax → decreases negative emotions

■ Mindfulness - bringing awareness and focus to what you are directly experiencing → acceptance

○ Additional components

■ Motivational interviewing - non judgemental, non

confrontational, encouraging and supportive therapy that helps a patient

● Client based

● Focuses on addressing how to change their behavior ■ Relapse Prevention - Overtime the likeliness of relapse increases

● Additional risk factors for relapse → negative affect,

low social support

● Abstinence violation effect - feeling loss of control

when a person has violated self-imposed rules

● Integrate into treatment from the onset → discuss

how it’s a lifelong process

● Techniques

○ Help identify situations likely to induce a


○ Mental rehearsal of coping responses

○ Practice exposures leads to small triggers

○ Booster sessions

● Community Health Education Programs

○ They promote changes that are difficult for individuals to accomplish

○ They reach out to a broader cross-sections of the public ○ Combine family information with the social support of friends and families

Chapter 7: Exercise, Sleep and Injury Control

● Three Pillars of Good Health

○ Physical Activity, Diet and Sleep

● Physical Activity, Exercise and Fitness

○ Exercise improves sleep, and sleep improves athletic

performance and many other facets of our well-being

○ Physical fitness - defined as a set of attributes or characteristics that people have to achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity

○ Most people likely to stick with exercise programs if they: ■ Enjoy exercise

■ Formed habit of exercising

■ Grew up in supporting families that exercise

■ Social support for exercising

■ Favorable attitude and strong sense of efficiency toward exercising

■ Believe that people should take responsibility for their


○ Physical Activity Recommendations: 

■ Children (under 17) → Everyday 60 mins (Moderate and


■ Adults (18-64 years old) → weekly 150 mins moderate OR 75 minutes of vigorous

■ Older Adults (64 years and older) → weekly 150 mins

moderate OR 75 minutes of vigorous

○ Physical Activity Interventions: 

■ Improve attitude and increase self-efficiency for PA

■ Support motivation for exercising

■ Connect to personal values

■ Self-monitoring and reinforcement

■ Environmental interventions

** Presence of barriers (ex. time or environmental factors) and self efficiency for addressing barriers**

● Sleep

○ Circadian rhythm - biological clock that operates on a 24 hour cycle

○ Rapid eye Movement (REM) - a sleep stage during which vivid dreams occur

○ Sleep in Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood

■ 25-40% children and adolescents deal with sleeping


■ Most adolescents sleep 7-7.5 hours when 8-10 hours is needed per day

■ Most adults get 7-8 hours of sleep but 40% of adults get less than that

○ Adolescence

■ Chronic Sleep Deprivation

● Sleep rebound - sleeping more in the weekend to

makeup lack of sleep throughout the week

■ Factors that affect lack of sleep

● Puberty triggers circadian rhythm

● Social/environmental → school/work schedule,

increased academic demands, TV/phone use

● Emotional influence - stress and depression

○ Sleep Interventions: 

■ Education on sleep hygiene

■ Cognitive Behavioral Approaches

● Self monitoring, stimulus, mindfulness

■ Policy Changes → school change times

■ Environmental Changes

● Light exposure, bedding

● Injury Control

○ Unintentional injury - harm that is accidental

○ Intentional Injury - harm that results from behavior that is meant to hurt oneself or others

○ Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age 

■ Children less than a year old → suffocation

■ 1-4 years old → drowning

■ 5-19 years old → automobile accidents

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