np2430 Psychology of health and disease

Faculty of Sports Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Hana Válková, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Hana Válková, CSc.
Department of Social Sciences and Sport Management - Faculty of Sports Studies
Supplier department: Department of Social Sciences and Sport Management - Faculty of Sports Studies
Knowledge - obtained in courses oriented on psychology in BC study level (general, developmental, social). To elaborate presentation: - analyses of inner coping strategies - comparison with theoretical principles (stressors - physiology domain, emocional, behavioral, current trends of coping strategies, their effectivness and risks), - inter-active problém solving: case study - composition of intervention program. Written exam.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to give survey of various factors influencing positively-negatively) on personal health or ilness. The basic idea of the course is understanding of substance of bio-psycho-social harmony of individuals and its context with health or illness. The influence of prevention of "civilization" illness, support to healthy life style is underlined. Personal responsibility is stressed.
Learning outcomes
Course graduates would be able to understand to the factors connection and apply the theoretical principles into field practice.
  • • Definition: health - illnesss. The development of approaches, concepts, models. • Health support, prevention, protection. programs and projects. • Public and communal policy. • Health, welness and qwuality of life. • Bio-psycho-social factors positively influencing on health: spiritual hygiene, social environment, nutrition, physical aktivity, time management. • Bio-psycho-social factors negatively on health:stres, alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, risk sex, injuries, social problems, etc. • Inter-acvtion, communication in health - illness environment (clients, family, different types of institutions). Model situation: problém solving of real case studies - in seminars.
  • Paulík, K. (2010). Psychologie lidské odolnosti. Praha, Česko: Grada.
  • Stroebe, W. (2011). Social psychology and health (3rd ed.). Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
  • Blahutková, M.; Matějková, E. , Brůžková, L. (2010). Psychologie zdraví: pro studenty bakalářských a magisterských oborů. Brno, Česko: Masarykova univerzita.
  • Marcus, B., & Forsyth, L. (2010). Psychologie aktivního způsobu života: motivace lidí k pohybovým aktivitám. Praha, Česko: Portál.
  • Křivohlavý, J. (2001). Psychologie zdraví. Praha, Česko: Portál.
  • Kebza, V. (2005). Psychosociální determinanty zdraví. Praha, Česko: Academia.
  • Brannon, L., & Feist, J. (2010). Health psychology: an introduction to behavior and health (7th ed.). Belmont, California: Wadsworth.
  • Bouchard, C., Katzmarzyk, P. T. (Eds.). (2010). Physical activity and obesity. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Hendl, J., & Dobrý, L. (2011). Zdravotní benefity pohybových aktivit: monitorování, intervence, evaluace. Praha, Česko: Karolinum.
  • Strejčková, A. et al. (2007). Veřejné zdravotnictví a výchova ke zdraví. Praha, Česko: Fortuna.
  • Abu-Omar, K., & Rütten, A. (2008). Relation of leisure time, occupational, domestic, and commuting physical activity to health indicators in Europe. Preventive Medicine, 47(3), 319-323.
  • Kohoutek, R. (2007). Psychologie zdraví a nemoci. Brno, Česko: MU.
  • Křivohlavý, J. (2002). Psychologie nemoci. Praha, Česko: Grada.
  • Marcus, B., & Forsyth, L. (2009). Motivating people to be physically active. (2nd ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Teaching methods
Lectures. Seminars with discussion and presentations of case studies. Critical readings. Self – work.
Assessment methods
Active participation in seminars - 80 % • ppt presentation (dealing with health - illness domain). Evaluation: Yes - Re-write in deadline - NO acceptance • Exam: written test (15 open questions, min. 60 % for success, scale of evaluation A – F.
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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