The purpose of this assignment is to examine the research literature in Health Psychology and how this is applied to chronic health issues.

Research project Directions

Choose a chronic health issue individuals experience (e.g, diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, Alzheimer’s) that is often seen by health psychologist.

Write a 1.250-1.500 word essay that addresses the following:

1) Describe problems that are often experienced by individuals and their families as a result of the illness (e.g., anxiety, depression, stigma, stress, non-adherence).

2) Discus how psychological theory can be applied to understand and describe the source of the problem and to treat the issue for the individual.

a) You may choose the psychological theory/theories you wish to apply (e.g., biopsychosocial theory, stress theories, adherence theories, health promotion theories, and social norm theories, as long as they are discussed in the literature).

3) Describe how health psychology/health psychologist can aid individual and families in coping with chronic health issue. Please use research to support your response.

4) Discuss what research is currently being examined on the topic. Please consider discussing both medical and psychological advances noted in literature searches. What does the future look like for the chronic health issue.

Utilize a minimum of six outside scholarly sources.(journal articles & certain websites (e.g., Center of Disease Control and Prevention, American Psychological Association)

Prepare this assignment according to guidelines found in the APA Style Guide

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