Positive Psychology In Clinical Health Psychology



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course addresses how positive psychological approach crawled into the understanding of the psychosocial factors of acute and chronic somatic diseases, how this new approach got integrated to the research in this field to understand and promote coping with illnesses. We bring into focus the roles in clinical health psychology of such constructs like benefit finding, posttraumatic growth, positive emotions, optimism and happiness, spirituality, forgiveness, mindfulness.

  • Aspinwall, L. G., Tedeschi, R. G. (2010) The value of positive psychology for health psychology: progress and pitfalls in examining the relation of positive phenomena to health, Annals of Behavioral Medicine. (1), 4-15.
  • Bohlmeijera,E., Prengera, R., Taala, E., Cuijpersb, P. (2010) The effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy on mental health of adults with a chronic medical disease: A metaanalysis, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 68, 539–544.
  • Zannas, A.S., West, A. (2014) Epigenetics and the regulation of stress vulnerability and resilience. Neuroscience, 264.157-170.
  • Brouwers, C., Mommersteg, P.M.C., Nyklícek, I., Pelle, A.J., Westerhius, B.L.W.J.J.M., Szabó, B.M., Denollett, J. (2013) Positive affect dimensions and their association with inflammatory biomarkers in patients with chronic heart failure. Biological Psychology, 92. 220-226.
  • Cole, S.W., Levine, M.E., Arevalo, J.M.G., Ma, J., Weir, D.R., Crimmins, E.M. (2015) Loneliness, eudaimonia and the human conserved transciptional response to adversity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62. 11-17.