To what extent do biological, cognitive and socio-cultural factors influence health‑related behaviour? Evaluate psychological research (that is, theories and/or studies) relevant to health psychology. Describe stressors. Discuss physiological, psychological and social aspects of stress. Evaluate strategies for coping with stress - for example, stress inoculation therapy, hardiness training, yoga...

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Jennifer Adinolfi 23 April 2017 - 09:53

can Obesity be considered for discussion for the Question: contrast 2 approaches to the treatment of 1 disorder. or is this considered outside of the the realm of expected disorders?

John Crane 24 April 2017 - 12:22

Dear Jennifer, this is not considered a disorder, so it would not work for this section of the exam.

Jennifer Adinolfi 26 April 2017 - 10:16

ok yes thats how I was assessing it, just wanted to be sure, thank you

Nikki Rotkosky 5 May 2017 - 18:33

Hi John, My students are very interested in the factors influencing obesity, inclusive of how the sugar industry paid to have scientists blame fat for heart disease and obesity back in the 60s (introducing lowfat high sugar alternatives), and more recently how much coca cola funded research to downplay the role of the sugar/obesity link. Also a 1923 Nobel Prize winner linked diabetes and sugar... My question is, although they are armed with information about the causes, do they need to include studies that don't seem helpful (N=10). Or is the research and the links between enough. Sorry so long, we are just all very interested in this epidemic.

John Crane 9 May 2017 - 11:44

Dear Nikki, they have to include psychological research. Without it, they will get low marks on their essays. Using historical/legal data should not be the focus of their essays.

Natalie Denton 16 January 2018 - 15:09

Hello. I am new to IB and have just started teaching the the Stress module to Y13. The students asked me today if the LO ´Describe stressors´ be used as a 22 mark question? Please could someone explain how that LO works? Thank you in advance :)

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