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Health Psychology : Theory and Models

Psychologie de la santé : Théories et modèles

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Marie Santiago Delefosse, Angélick Schweizer
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2015 -> 2017

No timetable defined.


2 hours per week
56 hours per year

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


Present the historical, epistemological and theoritical foundations of the various trends in health psychology


Health psychology main goals will be to promote health, to prevent illness and to help patients. Its theories and models must take into account the bio-psycho-social interation that is always present in health and illness processes.
We will study :
- major trends that contribuate to the development of the bio-psycho-social models and their history
- new models and the integrative perspective from a "critical" psychology standpoint, that studies complex models and the evolution of processes during life (culture, context, life crises, etc.)
- the requierements for a clinical study of subjects in concrete situations from a phenomenological perspective, underlining the importance of the subjective theories of illness
- corporal-socio-psychological model that highlinghts the links between emotions and mental activity in the health field...


- Bruchon-Schweitzer, M. & Dantzer, R. (1994). Introduction à la psychologie de la santé. Paris : Puf
- Fischer, G.N. (2001). Traité de psychologie de la santé. Paris : Dunod
- Santiago-Delefosse, M. (2002). Psychologie de la santé, perspectives qualitatives et cliniques. Liège : Mardaga.

Programme requirements

Cours Bachelor "Introduction à la psychologie de la Santé"

Additional information


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