Curricular Unit:Code:
Applied Psychology1080PSIA
3UndergraduateNutrition Sciences2 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English26
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
OA1. Understand the role of psychological and social variables in determining eating behavior;
OA2. Deepen knowledge about feeding and intake disorders;
OA3. Deepen knowledge about psychological characteristics that contribute to the development and/or maintenance of overweight;
OA4. Develop communication and counseling skills in clinical practice according to the principles of Motivational Interviewing.
CP1. Relationship between psychology, health and nutrition. Food style. Challenges posed by changing eating habits.
CP2. Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosas: classification (DSM-5), clinical presentation, epidemiology and comorbidity; etiological theories; predisposing factors, precipitating factors and maintenance factors.
CP3. Overweight and obesity: classification; etiological theory; predisposing factors, precipitating factors and maintenance factors. Treatment adhering.
CP4. Patient-centred communication: verbal and nonverbal behaviors in effective communication in nutrition. Motivational interview: objectives and general characterization. Intervention skills in changing attitudes and behaviors: strategies to deal with resistance; strategies to enhance self-efficacy. The use of the decision matrix.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
CP1. Relationship between psychology, health and nutrition.
Aims to achieve OA1
CP2. Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosas
Aims to achieve OA2
CP3. Overweight and obesity
Aims to achieve OA3
CP4. Patient-centred communication
Aims to achieve OA4
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
M1 - Use of the platform (Canvas) for sharing materials (supporting texts and scientific articles). M2 - Autonomous research activities and presentation of papers in classes attended by students. M3 - Training of skills in a role-play situation.
Evaluation is continuous, consisting of 3 tasks to be carried out throughout the semester (October, November and December), systematized in a final report with a weighting of 50%, and a written test of knowledge measurement (frequency), with the weighting of 50% of the final grade. The minimum percentage of attendance in classes is that established in the Pedagogical Regulation.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Exhibition (Theoretical) and active/participatory (Theoretical-Practical Classes) methodologies are adopted. OA1 is initially the target of theoretical exposure and is later actively explored by students from scientific articles focused on different variables. OA2 and OA3 are presented theoretically, and clinical cases are then analyzed and discussed. OA4 is initially exposed descriptively, and then students have the opportunity to train theoretical knowledge in role-play situations that take place in a one-way mirror room.
American Psychiatric Association (2014). Manual de Diagnóstico e Estatística das Perturbações Mentais (5ª Ed.). Climepsi Editores.
American Psychiatric Association (2006). Directrizes para o tratamento de transtornos psiquiátricos. Artmed.
Carmo, I. (2001). Doenças do comportamento alimentar. ISPA.
Miller, W.R., & Rollnick, S. (2018). Entrevista Motivacional: preparando as pessoas para a mudança (3ª Ed.). Climepsi Editores.
Ogden J. (2000). Psicologia da saúde. Climepsi Editores.
Ogden, J. (2003). The psychology of eating: From healthy to disordered behavior. Blackwell Publishing
Rollnick, S., Miller, W., & Butler, C. (2008). Entrevista Motivacional no Cuidado da Saúde: Ajudando Pacientes a Mudar o Comportamento. Artmed.
Viana, T.C., & Leal, I. (Eds.) (2013). Sintomas Alimentares, Cultura, Corpo e Obesidade: Questões clínicas e de avaliação. Placebo Editora.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Sónia Alves (