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Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology (IBP)


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

  • 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)

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 90 two-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 and Heatlh Psychology, (1st edition). Leiden University Custom Edition 2018, McGrawHill) (ISBN 978-1526869951) and the lectures slides. The content of this book is identical to the 5th edition of this book from 2017. The difference is that the new version includes a link to a digital learning environment to facilitate studying the literature and preparing for the exam. 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) Custom Published Book (Introduction to Personality, Clinical & Health Psychology (1st edition). Leiden University Custom Edition 2018, McGrawHill (ISBN 978-1526869951).
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. The ‘ Custom Published Book’ for PCH is available at the Labyrinth bookshop (ISBN 978-1526869951).
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 Blackboard

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