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Personality Psychology and Health

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:8.00
Study Course Accepted:25.03.2022
Study Course Information
Course Code:VPUPK_270LQF level:All Levels
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Psychology; Psychology of PersonalityTarget Audience:Medical Services; Rehabilitation; Medicine; Sports Trainer; Biology; Management Science; Political Science; Civil and Military Defense; Life Science; Social Welfare and Social Work; Communication Science; Public Health; Law; Health Management; Sociology; Medical Technologies; Business Management; Information and Communication Science; Nursing Science; Juridical Science; Pharmacy; Dentistry; Midwifery; Marketing and Advertising; Pedagogy; Social Anthropology; Person and Property Defence; Clinical Pharmacy
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Jana Duhovska
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy
The Head of Structural Unit:Kristīne Mārtinsone
Contacts:Riga, 5 J. Asara Street, vppkatrsu[pnkts]lv, +37167061587
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)8Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures16
Classes (count)8Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes16
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Not required.
To develop comprehension of contemporary personality theories and personality traits and their relation to health, perception of illness and behaviour that promotes and compromises health; to enhance comprehension of the role of personality factors in medical treatment process, incl., compliance and activation, strengthening, effective application of inner resources of personality as means of maintaining and improvement of health.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Personality Psychology. Historical grounds: psychodynamic, humanistic, social cognitive and trait approach. Theories of temperament.Lectures2.00auditorium
2Contemporary trait theories of personality. Genetic and neurobiological basis of personality traits.Lectures4.00auditorium
3Impact of personality traits on the treatment process. Personality traits and health, possible links and causal relationships.Lectures2.00auditorium
4Presentations and discussions. Personality traits related to health-threatening behaviour. Personality traits related to better health and longevity. Resilience and coping strategies.Classes6.00auditorium
5Inner resources of personality. Activation, maintenance and effective application of inner resources of personality. Stress and basic emotion regulation. Case study.Classes2.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
1. To independently consolidate the lecture material by systematically reading the specified sources and study materials, and filling out the tests after the video lectures. 2. To analyse 4 scientific articles on the topic that is independently chosen (in line with the topics of the study course) and prepare a presentation, an evidence-based explanation, present it in the class and participate in the discussion. 3. To participate in the group work in order to analyse the given case study and to model solutions for the problem given in the case study.
Assessment Criteria:
The final rating is a cumulative rating consisting of: (1) participation in practical classes (a student is qualified to receive a final grade in a study course if he / she has attended at least 75% of the classes); (2) completed tests on lecture materials (60%); (3) individual presentation – analysis of scientific articles on an independently chosen (in line with the topics of the study course) topic (40%).
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Describes contemporary personality theories, characterises genetic and neurobiological grounds of personality, explains relation between various personality factors, disease and health, including behaviour that compromises and promotes health.
Skills:Explains the most important concepts and relations in personality psychology, understanding the role of personality characterisation in medical treatment.
Competencies:Applies the acquired knowledge and skills while solving psychology-based situations related to prevention, maintenance and recovery of health.
Required Reading
1Psiholoģija, 2.sēj.: Personība, grupa, sabiedrība, kultūra. (2015). Mārtinsone, K., Miltuze, A. (red.). Rīga: Zvaigzne
2Veselības psiholoģija. (2019). Mārtinsone, K., Sudraba, V. (red.). Rīga: Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte
3Pašpalīdzības un pašvadības iespēju arsenāls krīzes un transformāciju laikā: metodes ikvienam. (2021). Mārtinsone, K. (sast.). Rīga: Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte
4Psychological Medicine
5Ārvalstu studentiem/For International students:
6Psychological Medicine
Additional Reading
1Konsultēšanas un psihoterapijas teorija un prakse. (2016). Mārtinsone, K., Bite, I., Sudraba, V. (red.). Rīga: Zvaigzne
Other Information Sources
1Health psychology journal
2Personality and individual differences
3Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
4Journal of behavioral medicine
5Journal of research in personality