Self Reflection Health Psychology Essay

1209 WordsJan 6, 20135 Pages
LO’s covered: Week 12 * Describe the changes in sexual attitudes and behaviour of young people in Ireland. * Discuss the social, economic and cultural explanations for the increase in the rate of teenage pregnancy in Ireland over the past decade. * Describe current public policy and guidance as it pertains to the sexual health of young people. Week 13 Describe the psychology of bereavement with reference to adult grief responses and the stages of mourning. Week 15 Discuss issues arising in relation to patients diagnosed with an ultimately fatal disease. Lectures covered: 1. Introduction to health Psychology 2. Abnormal psychology 3. Psychological responses to illness 1 4. Stress and health 1…show more content…
Teenage pregnancy is associated with higher than average rates of poverty, unemployment and poor educational achievements. Policy decision makers must recognise the need to improve the potential for professional achievement in lower socioeconomic groups in order to tackle the ambivalent attitude of this sub group towards teenage pregnancies. On reflection I recognise the error of my previous incredulous attitude. Sexual practices and awareness is undeniably influenced by psychological and social factors such as education, socio-economic class, age and relationship status. All these elements are somewhat outwith a practitioner’s control when dealing with a patient such as Anne Cooper. I can foresee that tackling influences such as these will be a formidable task when I qualify. For this reason it is crucial I develop an awareness of the impact of environmental factors in governing patients lifestyle choices as I have no doubt it is an issue I will come across again and again particularly where sexual behaviours are concerned. Another area where the biomedical medical is wholly inadequate is when dealing with a grieving patient. Elizabeth Lenihan was known to her GP as a competent previous medical professional. Following the death of her husband she displayed signs
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