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CH.1 Lecture Notes (health psych)

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CH.1 Lecture Notes (health psych) Psy 383

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These are lecture notes on chapter 1, which will be on the exam this coming friday.
Health Psychology
Dr. David Sbarra
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Date Created: 09/19/16
Ch. 1: What Is Health Psychology Health Psychology  Studies psychological influences on people o How they stay healthy o Why the become ill o How they respond when they get ill Health: complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being o Wellness: optimum state of health Focus of Health Psychologists  Health promotion and maintenance  Prevention and treatment of illness  Etiology and correlates of health, illness, and dysfunction o Etiology: origins or causes of illness  Improvement of health care systems and the formulation of health policy The Mind-Body Relationship: A brief history  Disease during prehistory  considered to arise when evil spirits entered the body  Humoral theory of illness  diseases resulted when the humors or circulating fluids of the body were out of balance o Personality types associated with the humors  Blood= passionate temperament  Black bile= sadness  Yellow bile= angry disposition  Phlegm= laid back approach to life  Diseases in middle ages  god’s punishment  Renaissance to present day  technical bases of medicine are understood o Dependent on laboratory findings and looked to bodily factors o Diagnosis  organic and cellular pathology What is Health?  Traditional view of health is the biomedical model o A disease results from exposure to a pathogen o Views health as the absence of disease The Biomedical Model: Why is it ill-suited to understanding illness?  Reduces illness to low-level processes such as disordered cells and chemical imbalances  Fails to recognize social and psychological processes as powerful influences over bodily estates- assumes a mind body dualism  Emphasizes illness over health rather than focusing on behaviors that promote health  Model cannot address many puzzles that face practitioners: why, for example, if six people are exposed to a flu virus, do only three develop the flu Psychosomatic Medicine  Specific unconscious conflicts produce physical disturbance symbolizing repressed psychological conflicts  Specific illnesses are produced by people’s internal conflicts o Linked patterns of personality to specific illnesses o Criticism, conflict, or personality type is not sufficient to produce illness  Modern psychosomatic medicine investigates how emotion and health are interconnected Biopsychosocial Model  Health and illness are consequences of the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors  Advantages: o Maintains the macro level and micro level processes continually interact to influence health and illness Clinical Implications of the Biopsychosocial Model  Process of diagnosis can benefit from understanding the interacting role of biological, psychological, and social factors  Significance of the relationship between patient and practitioner is made clear which improves: o Patient’s use of services o Efficacy of treatment o Rapidity with which illness is resolved A Virus Doesn’t Always Lead to a Cold  Sheldon Cohen’s research on colds o Participants receive a cold virus and the quarantines  Not all participants develop a cold  Those who do develop a cold are more likely to have had a stressful experience, experience fewer positive emotions, be less sociable, have less diverse social networks than who do not develop a cold Theory  Set of analytic statements that explain a set of phenomena o Advantages  Provide guidelines for how to do research and interventions  Generate specific predictions that can be tested and modified  Help tie together loose ends Experiment  Two or more different conditions are created to which people are assigned randomly and their reactions are measured  Randomized clinical trials: Conducted to evaluate treatments or interventions and their effectiveness over time o Evidence-based medicine: medical interventions go through rigorous testing and evaluation of their benefits before they become the standard of care Correlational Studies  Correlational research: Measures whether a change in one variable corresponds with changed in another variable  Disadvantage- difficult to determine the direction of causality unambiguously  Advantage over experiments- more adaptable Prospective Research  Looks forward in time to see how: o Group of people change o Relationship between two variables changes over time  Conducted to understand the risk factors that relate to health conditions  Longitudinal research: Same people are observed at multiple points in time Retrospective Designs  Looks backward in time in an attempt to reconstruct the conditions that led to a current situation  Were critical in identifying the risk factors that led to the development of AIDS Role of Epidemiology in Health Psychology  Epidemiology: Study of the frequency, distribution, and causes of infectious and noninfectious disease in a population o Morbidity: number of cases of a disease that exist at some given point in time o Mortality: numbers of deaths due to particular causes Methodological Tools  Tools of neuroscience o Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)- permits glimpses into the brain o Has helped to improve the knowledge of the autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immune systems  Mobile and wireless technologies o Ecological momentary interventions o Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring devices  Meta-analysis o Combine results from different studies to identify how strong the evidence is for particular research findings Martikained & Volkonen, 1996  The subjects were 1,580,000 married Finnish persons aged 35 through 84 years who were followed up from 1986 through 1991  Excess mortality among the bereaved was moderate for chronic ischemic heart disease and lung cancer (20% to 35%)  Excess mortality was greater at short (<6 months) rather than long durations of bereavement and among younger rather than older bereaved persons; it was also greater among men than women. Inflammation in bereavement  Bereaved vs. married/partnered older adults were compared  Investigated the impact of bereavement status on circulating marker of inflammation  The study sample included 64 older adults, of which 36 were widow(er)s. Aspirin in bereavement  The study sample included 10 bereaved participants and 12 non bereaved control participants  The study consisted of two laboratory visits, and between 12 participants took aspirin, and 10 participants took a placebo


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