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Psychological Assessment and Interventions in Chronic Disease

Course 2013-2014

Admission requirements

Master’s students In Psychology specialisation Health Psychology

Description

In this course the epidemiology of, and specific psychosocial problems associated with a variety of chronic diseases and physical problems e.g. coronary heart disease, pain syndromes, diabetes, are introduced. Commonly used psychological assessment instruments measuring these psychosocial problems and related concepts are discussed such as

  • illness cognitions
  • pain
  • coping
  • social support
  • self-management
  • stress
  • quality of life.

Finally, disease-specific psychosocial intervention strategies for the enhancement of quality of life and/or self-management in patients with chronic disease are addressed. In the seminars the use of different assessment instruments and the practical use of specific intervention strategies in patients with chronic disease are addressed. These interventions are based on cognitive behaviour therapy and self-regulation principles.

Course objectives

  • students get to know relevant theoretical backgrounds for the study of psychological consequences and interventions in chronic disease
  • students acquire skills concerning diagnosis of psychological consequences and interventions through in-class assignments
  • students learn to reflect and comment on the use and relevance of psychological interventions in chronic patients
  • students learn to write and present a paper on psychological consequences and interventions related to a specific disease.

Timetable

Psychological Assessment and Interventions in Chronic Disease (2013-2014):

Mode of instruction

  • Seven two hour review-type lectures
  • Seven three hour seminars/work groups

NB: Full attendance is mandatory.

Assessment method

A written exam, in which students get four A4 pages to answer a general question, such as: What are the most important consequences of (specific disease or health problem covered by a handbook chapter), how can this (disease, health problem) be assessed and what are the most effective interventions for this (disease, health problem)?

Study material for the exam

  • Llewelyn, S., Kennedy, P. (Eds) (2003). Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology. Chichester: J. Wiley & Sons. (Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 21)
  • and the power point presentations of the lectures posted on blackboard

Paper

Students are requested to write together with another student a 5 page paper on psychosocial consequences, assessment and the effectiveness of psychological interventions related to a chronic disease. During the last seminar students present this paper to the whole group.

Final mark for the course

Students must pass the exam and the paper. The final mark for the course will be calculated as follows: (mark exam + mark paper)/2.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .

Blackboard

Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl

Reading list

Compulsory:

  • Llewelyn, S., Kennedy, P. (Eds) (2003). Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology. Chichester: J. Wiley & Sons. (Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 21)
  • power point presentations of the lectures posted on blackboard

Registration

Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Exam registration

Students must register for each examination. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in an exam

Contact information

dr. V. De Gucht (Coordinator)
Room 2B44
Tel.: 071 527 3863
E-mail: degucht@fsw.leidenuniv.nl