Question 1. What is Health Psychology?

Health Psychology is an expanding discipline. Its attention is on implementing psychological methods and models for the understanding of behavior which is related to illness, health and well-being.

The understanding behavior related to illness and health involves the exploration of how biological, sociocultural and psychological factors influence illness and health.

Current issues in Health Psychology:

  • Weight management
  • Stress management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Chronic illness
  • Sleep problems (e.g. sleep disturbance, insomnia)
  • Reduction of unhealthy behaviors