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PAC230 Families and Health Psychology

Health psychology is an important aspect to consider when addressing issues of substance abuse. This course explores health issues with a broad focus on impact to persons, families, and friends. Methods for reducing adverse health outcomes are addressed. Stress, pain, weight, and exercise can all play important roles in behavior. Additionally, family history is an important component in psychological complications that may lead to abuse of substances. Feelings that one is destined to be overweight or susceptible to illness, or generational substance abusers can reduce motivation to abstain from destructive behaviors.