OCR A2 Health & Clinical Psychology

Health and Clinical Psychology OCR A2 Unit Revision

Health and Clinical is one of the units in OCR A2 Psychology Unit G543.

This page has been written to help you understand the structure of the health and clinical unit from your OCR A2 Psychology G543 exam.

In order to revise effectively for this Psychology exam you will need to know all the categories and subsections of this unit, as the questions you will be asked will relate directly to the categories first, not the studies as was the case in AS psychology, for example in your A2 Psychology exam you will never be asked a question with the name of a specific study in the question.

So to revise effectively, you will need to know all the categories. In the sidebar you will find the Psych Yogi revision guide to further help you with you studies.

It is highly recommended that you buy the revision guide to help you with your learning process: OCR A2 Psychology Student Unit Guide New Edition: Unit G543 Health and Clinical Psychology (Student Unit Guides)

Health and Clinical Psychology Studies:

Healthy Living:

Theories of health belief:

  1. Becker (1978) – Health Belief Model
  2. Rotter (1966) – Locus of Control
  3. Bandura – Self-efficacy

 Methods of health promotion and supporting evidence:

  1. Cowpe (1989) – Media Campaign
  2. Dannenberg (1993) – Legislation
  3. Janis and Feshbach (1953) – Fear Arousal

Features of adherence to medical regimes and supporting evidence:

  1. Bulpitt and Fletcher (1988) – Reasons for non-adherence: cognitive rational non-adherence
  2. Lustman (2000) – Measures of non-adherence: physiological
  3. Watt et al (2003)  – Improving – Behavioural (Funhaler)


Causes of stress:

  1. Johansson et al., (1978) – Work
  2. Kanner (1981) – Hassles and Life Events
  3. Geer and Maisel (1972) – Lack of Control

Methods of measuring stress:

  1. Geer and Maisel (1972) – Physiological Measures
  2. Holmes and Rahe (1967) – Self-report
  3. Johansson et al., (1978) – Combined Approach

Techniques for managing stress:

  1. Meichenbaum (1972) – Cognitive
  2. Budzynski (1970) – Behavioural
  3. Waxler-Morrison (1991) – Social

Dysfunctional Behaviour:

Diagnosis of dysfunctional behaviour:

  1. DSM/ICD – Categorising
  2. Rosenhan and Seligman (1989) – Definitions
  3. Ford and Widiger (1989) – Biases in Diagnosis

Explanations of dysfunctional behaviour:

  1. Gottesman and Shields (1972) – Biological
  2. Watson and Raynor Little Albert (1920) – Behavioural
  3. Beck (1967) – Cognitive – Maladaptive Thoughts 

Treatments of dysfunctional behaviour:

  1. Karp and Frank (1995) – Biological
  2. McGrath et al (1990) – Behavioural
  3. Öst and Westling (1995) – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Characteristics of disorders:

  1. Phobia – An anxiety Disorder
  2. A Psychotic Disorder – Schizophrenia
  3. An Affective Disorder – Bipolar

Explanations of one disorder (affective, anxiety or psychotic):

  1. Watson and Raynor Little Albert (1920) – Behavioural
  2. Gottesman and Shields (1972) – Biological
  3. Seligman (1979) – Cognitive

Treatments of one disorder (affective, anxiety of psychotic):

  1. Paul and Lentz (1977) – Behavioural
  2. Comer (1998) – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  3. Karp and Frank (1995) – Biological

Health and Clinical Psychology OCR A2 Unit Revision
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Health and Clinical is one of the units in OCR A2 Psychology Unit G543. Health and Clinical Psychology Studies: for your revision. Revise OCR Psychology

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    1. Yes, I can, but could you tell me the dates of the studies first so I find the original articles. It would also be helpful if you could say which area each one is from, as there are numerous studies applicable to each specific area in the course.


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