BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care Unit 26 Health Psychology Learning Aim A1. A2. B1 and B2 resources

A 50 page booklet with information, activities and applied tasks that will inform and encourage students to develop their analysis and evaluation skills so distinction course work can be written. This unit is not in the two core text books for students so students will be able to refer to this when writing up their assignment work.

There are four PowerPoints that go with the booklet covering the main perceptions and theories which are engaging and interesting, allowing students to make their own notes. You are free to add to or adapt the booklet to best suit your own personal teaching style.

This booklet covers the A1 part of the spec, the A2 as well as B1 and B2, which students need before they work on their Assignment 1.

A1 Concepts of health psychology, health and ill health
• Definitions of health psychology, health and ill health, e.g. World Health Organization (WHO).
• Models of health, including medical model, biopsychosocial model.
• Use of holistic concept of health in underpinning complementary treatments, e.g. acupuncture.
• Health-related behaviours, including health-belief model, compliance and non-compliance.
• The ‘sick role’.
• The development of health psychology as a discipline.
A2 Influences on beliefs and behaviours towards health and ill health
• Cultural, including differing attitudes among different ethnic groups.
• Religion.
• Socioeconomic, including social class, economic status.
• Environmental, including population density, available infrastructure.
• Individual, including age, gender.
• Education, including ethnic/professional subcultures.

B1 Contemporary issues in health
• Smoking, alcohol and other substance dependency.
• Eating behaviour.
• Exercise.
• Childbirth.
B2 Health psychology in relation to contemporary issues
• Health implications of smoking, alcohol consumption and other substance addictions.
• Social learning perspective, addictive behaviour – from a psychological viewpoint.
• Psychological theories of causes of obesity, anorexia and bulimia.
• Ethics of the treatment of eating disorders.
• Physical and psychological benefits of exercise.
• Medicalisation of childbirth, cultural and religious issues, the growth of caesarean sections, home births and water births, and the rationale behind them.

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  • A1-Health-Belief-Model.pptx
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  • A1.-Medical-Model-of-Health.pptx
  • A1.-Sick-Role.pptx
  • drug-addiction-risk-factors.jpg
  • Mrs.Mistry-visual.docx
  • Smoking---P2.M2-Management.docx
  • A.P1-A.M1-AB.D1-notes-example.docx
  • Essential-Information-U26.docx
  • U26-Booklet-LAA-LAB.docx

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