Transfer of basic knowledge to students about the influence of psychological factors on health and disease, as well as the influence of diseases and physical disorders on the development of mental problems. Students learn about the possibilities of applying psychological methods and techniques in the preservation of health, diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation of diseases.

Psychology in the health care system – health psychology and its perspective. Stress and physical health. Stress effects on certain organ systems.Physical deficiencies, diseases and psychological reactions. Psychological reactions after loss of physical functions, psychological assistance after severe injuries. Psychological effects of severe physical diseases (myocardial infarct, respiratory disease, renal impairment, kidney transplantation). The connection of personality traits and motivation with physical impairment and rehabilitation. Psychosocial rehabilitation of disabled persons (prejudices and negative attitudes, adaptation to disability). Psychological difficulties of patients in the hospital, as well as social support and self-protection. Children in hospitals (adaptation, hospitalism). Adults in hospitals. The importance of relieving anxiety in hospitalized patients. Psychological preparation for surgical procedures. Psychological problems of patients in intensive care. Psychological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Social support for patients (family, self-protection groups). Biopsychosocial approach to pain. Health psychology and aging. Psychological appearance of terminal diseases.

Obavezna literatura:

  1. Havelka M, Havelka Meštrović A, ur. Zdravstvena psihologija: biopsihosocijalne odrednice zdravlja. Zagreb: Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb; 2013.
  2. Hudek-Knežević J, Kardum I. Psihosocijalne odrednice tjelesnog zdravlja: I. Stres i tjelesno zdravlje. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap; 2006.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. recognize the negative effects of emotional states on health-related behavior;
  2. predict the behavior of people of different ages in dealing with illness;
  3. recognize the connection between various health problems and psychological consequences;
  4. explain the basic ways patients react in stressful situations in a medical context;
    collect, analyze, and interpret scientific research data in the field of health psychology;
  5. distinguish between psychological and physical reactions to illness;
  6. explain the connection and interaction of psychological and physical reactions to stressful 
  7. situations;
  8. explain the emotional consequences of physical health problems and the physical health consequences of mental disorders.

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