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Glossary of psy320 1

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a relatively new field devoted to understanding psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill and how they respond when they do get ill
health psychology
complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being
health
origins or causes of illness
etiology
patients converts conflict into a symptom via the voluntary nervous system
conversion hysteria
health and illness are consequences of the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors
biopsychosocial model
illness can be explained by aberrant somatic bodily processes
biomedical model
all levels of organization in any entity are linked to each other hierarchically and that change in any one level will effect change in all other levels
systems theory
short-term illnesses often the result of viral/bacterial invader and usually amenable to cure
acute disorders
slowly developing diseases with which people live for a long time
chronic illnesses
study of frequency, distribution and causes of infectious and noninfectious disease
epidemiology
number of cases of a disease that exist at some given point in time
morbidity
number of deaths due to particular cases
mortality
researcher creates two or more conditions that differ from each other in exact and predetermined ways
experiment
experiments conducted by health care practitioners to evasluate treatments or interventions and their effectiveness over time
randomized clinical trials

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