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Personality, Clinical Health Psychology (IBP)


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


This course provides an introduction to clinical and health psychology, and the relevant aspects of personality psychology. Clinical psychology includes the characteristics, the causes and treatments of psychopathology. Health psychology focuses on health promotion and the psychological characteristics, causes and therapy of physical symptoms and diseases.

Course objectives

  • Introduction to psychopathology: knowledge of diagnostics, aetiology and treatment of the main types of psychopathology.

  • Introduction to health psychology: knowledge of psychological diagnostics, aetiology, and treatment of physical diseases and promotion of health behaviours..

  • Knowledge of the personality theories that are most relevant to the understanding of psychopathology and health issues.

  • Knowledge of and experience with behaviour change programmes.


Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology (2014-2015):



First year students are automatically enrolled in the courses. Other students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

The course will consist of a series of 8 lectures and 8 work group sessions. Lecture attendance is not obligatory; however absence in the work group sessions is taken into account in the grade (see matrix on BB).

The 8 lectures will be used to support the study of the required examination reading, and to introduce and illustrate the main concepts, theories and syndromes. The work group sessions will elaborate on topics presented in the readings for the exam.
A number of work group meetings will be devoted to the topic of behaviour change and self-regulation. Students will learn how to design a behaviour change programme, apply it to themselves and report on the process. The work groups will conclude with a final paper , on which students will be graded.


The course will be assessed by an examination consisting two-choice questions (70% of the final grade). The work group sessions will be concluded with a paper assignment (30% of the final grade). A matrix is used to determine the grade of the work group sessions (see Blackboard).

Regulations on grade calculation in the propaedeutic phase

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud


Assignments and further instructions.


Reading for lectures

  • Introduction to Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology Custom Edition Leiden University, 3rd edition 2014 ISBN 9781308287362

Reading for work group sessions

  • K. Pryor. Don’t shoot the dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training [Paperback] Ringpress Books; 3rd edition (2006). ISBN-13: 978-1860542381

  • Articles on Blackboard

  • Syllabus (Blackboard)

Labyrint Book Services

If you are a member of the study association Labyrint you may purchase books at a reduced price via their study book service. Alternatively there are the academic book shops.



Work groups