The World Health Organization defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization, 1984). According to this definition, would you be healthy? If yes, wow, perfect! If not, why not? Understanding why some people lead a healthy lifestyle and others not is the core business of health psychologists, and one of their main interests is to find out what factors determine healthy behaviour. During this course, you will understand why people adopt unhealthy behaviours, even if they know that these behaviours ruin their health. You will also learn how unhealthy behaviour can be changed or even prevented in the first place and how to setup a successful study to modify health behaviour. Finally, you will play the stakeholder game: Within subgroups, you will each be appointed a specific stakeholder role (e.g. researcher, nurse, teacher, or parent) and you will be provided with an example health issue that needs to be solved. Together with the other stakeholders, you have come to an agreement on what direction to take.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
After this course:
- you are able to differentiate between determinants and behaviours and between changeable and unchangeable determinants of health behaviour;
- you will also be able to explain (un)healthy behaviour and understand how to change unhealthy behaviours.
- You will recognize different layers of influence on health behavior (personal, interpersonal, social, community etc.) and understand that different stakeholders may influence the direction and activities of a health intervention.
To show your acquired understanding during this course, you will design and present a research proposal on a behavioural change technique during this course. In addition, you will practice with decision-making processes in health interventions by playing a ‘real life’ stakeholder role in the stakeholder game.
- F.E.F. Mevissen
- K. Schelleman - Offermans