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Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology (IBP)


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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

  • Students gain knowledge of the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of the most important forms of psychopathology.

  • Students gain knowledge of the psychological diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of physical disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviour;

  • Students gain basic knowledge of the personality theories needed to understand psychopathology and health problems; and

  • Students gain experience of formulating and implementing a science-based behavioural change programme.


For the timetables of your lectures, work group sessions, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables

Lectures Work group sessions Exams



First year psychology students are automatically enrolled for courses, but do need to register themselves for the exam.

Other students do not only need to register for exams themselves, but also for lectures and work group sessions. For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course 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.

Consult the first year guide in the info for first year students International Bachelor in Psychology

Mode of instruction

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

Assessment method

The lectures conclude with an examination consisting of approximately 90 two-choice questions (70% of the mark).
The workgroup sessions conclude with a workgroup grade (30% of the final mark).

The workgroup grade is composed with 0,25 homework assignments, 0,25 presentation and 0,5 final paper.

The literature for the exam is the integral book: ‘Custom Published Book’ (Introduction to Personality, Clinical and Heatlh Psychology, 2015, Leiden University) and the lectures slides. The book of K. Pryor and the syllabus are not part of the exam.

Regulations on grade calculation

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural 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.

Reading list

1) Introduction to Personality, Clinical & Health Psychology (5th edition). Leiden University Custom Edition 2017, McGrawHill
*The literature for this course is a ‘Custom Published Book’ – a compilation especially made for Leiden University with a selection of chapters from three different books. This makes an enormous difference in the costs. The ‘Custom Published Book’ for PCH is available at Labyrint (ISBN 9781307078176). Ofcourse you are also free to purchase the three books from which the Custom book is compoled. 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 available on Blackboard

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