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Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology


Entry requirements



This course provides an introduction to clinical and health psychology including relevant insights from personality psychology. Clinical psychology is concerned with the characteristics, causes and treatments of psychopathology. Health psychology focuses on health promotion and the psychological characteristics, causes and treatments of physical symptoms and diseases.

Course objectives

  • Acquiring knowledge about etiology, diagnosis and treatment of the main forms of psychopathology, of physical disorders and the promotion of health behaviour;

  • Acquire basic knowledge of the personality theories most important for understanding psychopathology and health problems;

  • Gain experience in designing and performing a scientifically sound behavior change program and presenting theoretical models and empirical evidence on psychopathology and health problems.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable


NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis. You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July. Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December.
The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC). First year Bachelor students as well as premaster students will be registered by the Student Service Center; they do not need to register themselves.

The registration period for all courses closes five calendar days before the start of the course.
Also read the complete registration procedure

Mode of instruction

8 2-hours lectures (weblectures available)
8 2-hours workgroup session (attendance required)

Attendance at the workgroup sessions is mandatory. In the event of force majeure, a maximum of 2 meetings may be missed. If one is absent from a meeting at which one has to do the presentation, this leads to a deduction of 2 points from this partial mark. Arriving late (> 10 minutes) is considered absent.

Assessment method

The lectures conclude with an examination consisting of approximately 55 four-choice questions (70% of the mark).
The workgroup sessions conclude with a workgroup grade (30% of the final mark).
Compensation is allowed when exam grade and workgroup grade are both ≥5.0

The workgroup grade is composed with 0,25 homework assignments, 0,25 presentation and 0,5 final paper.
Homework assignments and the presentation don’t have a resit option. Whe the workgroup endgrade < 5.0 an alternative assignment can be made, which replaces the grade of the final paper.

The literature for the exam is the integral book: ‘Custom Published Book’: Introduction to Personality, Clinical & Health Psychology, Leiden University Custom Edition, McGrawHill) (ISBN 978-1398911109) and the lectures slides.

The book of K. Pryor and the syllabus are not part of the exam.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Consultation of the exam will take place at a plenary session some weeks after the exam (the date of which will be announced at a later date).

Reading list

1) Introduction to Personality, Clinical & Health Psychology. Leiden University Custom Edition 2018, McGrawHill (ISBN 978-1398911109). This includes ‘Connect’: a smart book and interactive learning.

The ‘Custom Published Book’ is available at the studystore:

Literature for this course is a so-called ‘Custom Published Book’, a selection of chapters from three different books are selected and assembled in one book –especially for this course- by the publisher. This makes a substantial difference for the price. Of course you are free to buy all three books on which this custom published book is based. These are: Larsen & Buss (2017), Personality Psychology, 2nd revised edition (ISBN 9780077175177), Nolen-Hoeksema (2016), Abnormal Psychology, 7th edition (ISBN 9781259254604), and Taylor (2018), Health Psychology, 10th edition (ISBN 9781259870477).

In addition, the following book is assigned for the work group sessions:
2) K. Pryor. Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training [Paperback] Ringpress Books; 3rd edition (2006). ISBN-13: 978-1860542381.
3) Syllabus for the workgroups is available on Brightspace

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