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Application of health psychology in the school setting: Adolescent cigarette smoking
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Lee, B. O. (1999). Application of health psychology in the school setting: Adolescent cigarette smoking. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 917-922). Malacca, Malaysia.
Health psychology is a sub-discipline of psychology concerned with the dynamic
interrelationship of behaviour and psychological states with physical health. The changing
patterns of illness and death as a result of having more cases of chronic illnesses such as
cancer, heart diseases and diabetes increase the significance of health psychology. These
chronic illnesses are related to inappropriate health behaviours such as smoking, unbalanced
diet and substance abuse; and psychological factors such as stress. Psychology, as a science of
behaviour, has the role in modifying behaviours implicated in chronic illnesses. Clearly, it also
plays a significant role in the school settings where there is a high incidence of smoking,
obesity, myopia, and diabetes amongst teenagers. Effective learning is not merely a cognitive
or emotional process but is tied up with good physical health. In this regard, teachers can
collaborate with health psychologists in implementing school based preventive programmes to
identify high-risk health behaviour, and treatment programmes such as smoking cessation and
weight control exercise.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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