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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSYM004 Module Title: CHRONIC CONDITIONS
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M12
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SENIOR V Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment  
Percentage Weighting 
Practical Exercise
Patient information leaflet – 1000 words   
Essay (2000 words)  

Module Overview

First degree in psychology

Module Aims
This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the causes, risk factors, and consequences of chronic medical conditions. To this end, the role of psychological factors in understanding the emotional, behavioural, clinical, and social consequences of chronic medical conditions are considered. The module aims to facilitate students’ critical understanding of the research evidence-base and the role of psychologists and psychological interventions in managing chronic conditions.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
•    Describe the causes and risk factors of chronic conditions
•    Describe the emotional, behavioural, clinical, and social consequences of chronic conditions
•    Critically evaluate the role of psychological factors and theories in explaining variation in the impact of chronic conditions
•    Critically evaluate psychological, and other, interventions aimed at managing and ameliorating chronic conditions.
•    Understand the challenges of communicating effectively about chronic conditions
•    Design effective written communication aimed at patients with chronic conditions. 
Module Content

Week 1    Coronary heart disease
Week 2    Stroke
Week 3    Cancer
Week 4    Chronic pain
Week 5    Obesity
Week 6    Dementia
Week 7    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Week 8    Diabetes
Week 9    HIV
Week 10    Asthma

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures – contact hours 20

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading
Ogden, J. (2007). Health Psychology: A Textbook. (4th ed) Buckingham: Open University Press.

Recommended Reading
Taylor, S.E. (2006) Health Psychology. 6th Edition. McGraw-Hill.

Background  Reading
Cameron, L. D., & Leventhal, H. (Eds.) (2003). The self-regulation of health and illness behaviour. London and New York: Routledge.
Llewelyn, S. and Kennedy, P. (2003). Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Taylor, S.E. (1983) Adjustment to threatening events: a theory of cognitive adaptation, American Psychologist, 38, 1161-1173. 
Petrie, K.J. & Weinman, J.A.(eds.) Perceptions of Health and Illness: Current Research and Applications. Harwood Academic Publishers.

Last Updated
11th August 2010