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Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology


Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Persoonlijkheids, Klinische en Gezondheidspsychologie

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, presenting information, and e-health interventions.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course. The exception here is that first-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first semester or academic year by the administration of their bachelor programme. The programme will communicate to these students for which course components and for which period the registration applies.


It is mandatory for all students, including first-year bachelor students, to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Students who take this course as part of a LDE minor or a premaster programme, exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current 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 out of two individual assignments (2x 0,35) and a presentation (0,30). with 0,25 homework assignments, 0,25 presentation and 0,5 final paper. In case of an insufficient workgroup grade (5.0, and the assignment that will not be retaken is >5.0. The presentation cannot be retaken.

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

The book of K. Pryor is 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 McGrawHill. This includes ‘Connect’: a smart book and interactive learning. The custom published book is available at labyrint and studystore (details will be shared on Brightspace).

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:Larsen & Buss (2017), Personality Psychology, 2nd revised edition (ISBN 9780077175177)Nolen-Hoeksema (2022), Abnormal Psychology, 9th edition (ISBN 9781265237769 ), 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.

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