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Health psychology

Focuses on psychology's role in promoting health and reducing illness


Subjective feeling produced by events that are percieved to be threatening

Two type of stress

Short lived/perceived as a challenge
Server or prolonged

The immune system

Stress does not make us sick, but it does make us less able to resist infection

Stressful life events

Catastrophes, significant life changes, daily hassles

Increase risk of heart disease

stress, high fat diets, not exercising, smoking, anger

Problem focused coping

Focusing on the underlying cause of the stress

Emotion-focus coping

Focusing on your emotional reaction to stress

Factors that effect health

Perceived control, optimism, emotional expression, social support, humor

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