prof Edith Chen
Website: username: healthpsych
what is health psych?
Psychosocial factors that affect staying healthy; what are the behaviours that we
want people to be doing, and how do we get them to do them in order to get/maintain
Psychosocial factors that affect why some people get sick; what causes people
to be vulnerable to diseases/illness
Psychological responses to being sick; how does having a terminal illness effect
yourself and those around you both mentally and physically; do your social networks
effect how you are getting sick?
Models of illness:
biomedical: if you are sick there is something physiologically wrong with you
that can be fixed. Illness is entirely caused by some abnormality in ones physiology
biopsychosocial: biology is important; however it is not the only factor, we
need to look at what is inside a person (their thoughts, emotions), and how society
interacts with those things
Example: Psychological factors that affect why people get sick
How to experimentally test control?
-Schulz, J Personality & Social Psych, 1976
Nursing home setting
Receiving visits from students for a 2 month period
Participants: older people in a nursing home; they had weekly visits from students who
were trying to improve their health by visiting them with the hopes that this would give
the older people something to look forward to and allow them to visit with people who
are full of energy.
The experimental Groups:
Control: routine visits. Change in predictability (the older person knew when