Almost all children hate smoking, yet about a quarter of young adults take up smoking. What changed in-between childhood and adulthood and what can we do to prevent this behaviour?
Similar questions can be asked for binge drinking, problematic use of drugs, and activities that started out as innocent fun, such as gaming, but that have become addictive. Further, overweight and obesity, even in young children, is one of the most important health problems in the western world with an enormous socio-economic impact. What can we do about that?
Psychology: Development and Health - smoking and drinking
Another important topic for health is the role of stress in the development of these behaviours, as stress is widely acknowledged as one of the key contributors in developing addictive behaviours, and obesity. Also, stress is related to drop out of work and decreases in general well-being.
More generally, how can unhealthy behaviours be prevented or countered in an effective way? For instance, research had demonstrated that relatively automatic and sometimes unconscious processes play an important role in health behaviours. How can we effectively change those processes?
To thoroughly address these questions, the Department of Developmental Psychology offers an English-taught Master’s programme on Development and Health starting in September 2017. We invite enthusiastic and talented national and international students with an interest in health, intervention and prevention to apply for this selective one-year Master's programme.
This Master's programme combines theory with practical applications, with an open eye on the possibilities to use modern technology (e.g., e-health). It combines elements of social, developmental and experimental psychology with applications to health issues that are currently on the top of the list in our society. Students will learn to systematically analyze different health problems, select, adapt or design and execute appropriate interventions and analyze their effectiveness.
The track provides a sound basis for various positions, such as:
- Prevention at different levels of government; Government related research and health promotion institutes;
- Health professionals in primary care (NL: POH-GGZ, GGD)
- Researcher and research coordination;
- Health communication;
- Gezondheidspsycholoog, Health promotor;
- Advisor and consultant health behaviour and public health.
This school offers programs in:
Last updated October 12, 2018