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Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness


Admission requirements

First year-course Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology or similar course. For more information contact the psychology student advisers.


This course addresses a psychological perspective on culture, health, disease and health care. Attention will be paid to cultural aspects of core psychological concepts and models.

Course objectives

After completion of the course students

  • Have an understanding of cultural aspects related to personality, psychopathology, stress, pain and illness.

  • Have an understanding of cultural differences in health beliefs, lifestyles and health.

  • Have an understanding of communication between health care professionals and migrant patients and the use of healthcare facilities.

  • Have skills in developing in a scientific presentation.


Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness (2014-2015):



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Electives students

You have to enrol for each course separately.

Mode of instruction

7 lectures of 2 hours

  • Lecture 1: Cultural prejudice and personality and culture

  • Lecture 2: Emotion, motivation and culture

  • Lecture 3: Stress in migrants and cultural aspects of pain

  • Lecture 4: Culture, body-image, lifestyle and health

  • Lecture 5: Development, health and culture

  • Lecture 6: Culture and psychopathology

  • Lecture 7: Culture and somatic health care

A group paper with a presentation (workgroup session of 2 hours) at the end of the course (presence required)

Assessment method

Exam with 3 (out of 4) open question (70% of endgrade), and a groupassignment consisting of a paper and presentation on a specific topic related to the course (see Blackboard). The group assignment is 30% of the endgrade.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.


Information on

Reading list

  • Shiraev, E.B. & Levy, D.A. (2010). Cross-cultural Psychology; Critical thinking and contemporary applications (International edition). Boston, MA; Allly and Bacon/ Pearson.

  • A set of articles (see Blackboard)

Contact information

Dr. C. Verhoeven
Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, room 2B53,
Tel. +31 (0)71 527 4069, E-mail: