+. =. Health Psychology. Key Concepts. Health Psychology : health is the influence of both our physiology (diet/exercise) and psychology (stress/social support). Lifestyle : the patterns of our everyday decisions which characterize our behavior.
Fight or Flight
Eyes open Wide
Mouth Goes Dry
Start to Sweat
Maintenance & Refuel
Blood away from musclesAutonomic Nervous System
(Holmes & Rahe, 1967)
Length of the stressor
(Cohen et al., 1998)Relationship between Stress & Health
Suppress competing activities
Look for social support
Disengage from goal
Focus on their feelingsCoping Strategies
Elder, Apodaca, Parra-Medina, &DeNuncio (1998)
Min of barriers.
Posses the skills.
“Believe” in the intervention
Perceive the behavior as normal.
Consistent with self-schema.
“Feel” good about the behavior.
Receive reinforcement from your environment.Overlapping Ideas
1. Perceived threat
2. Belief a behavior will alleviate stress
Drug therapyRisk Factors & Wellness