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Exclamation Psychological Approaches to health practice - February 17th 2012, 01:09 AM

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I have to write about psychological approaches to health practice but I'm not sure what they are. Does any body know?

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Re: Psychological Approaches to health practice - February 21st 2012, 12:15 PM

Hey Jessie, I hope that paper isn't already written.

From what I can find (wiki lol), the psychological approaches to health practice are biological, psychological, environmental and cultural.

There were a couple texts that I found that relate to the topic that could prove useful if you guys have a library on your school campus or something, but this one looks promising.

I hope you do/ did well.


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Re: Psychological Approaches to health practice - February 21st 2012, 10:34 PM

Psychological approaches are any behaviour that you engage in, either as an individual or holistically as a society to increase your health and well-being/quality of life. The behaviours have a direct impact on your biological health, which subsequently results in certain behavioural responses and those would have a direct or indirect effect, so it's cyclical. In other words: initial behaviour -> physiological changes-> output behaviour generates reactions from the environment -> initial behaviour (with any modifications) -> physiological changes, etc... .

For example, you hold a positive view of exercising daily and socialize with others in the process. Your well-being/quality of life is improved by the positive social interactions as well as by the improved health status. The exercise improves various physiological aspects and depending on the nature of the course, you would go to a certain level of detail (i.e. reduction in the probability of mtDNA dysfunction and ROS versus loss of fat and better cardiovascular performance). Try looking up papers in the field of health psychology as they analyze the behavioural and physiological impacts from stress. I'm not going to give links because there are far too many and I don't know what particular focus you have.


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