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Psychology and Health Problems

Kaley DeFord

Axia College

PSY 210 Introduction to Psychology

Barbara Kaplan

January 20, 2008

Psychology and Health Problems

The multi-factorial model shows how certain factors such as personality, environmental factors, behavior, biological factors, stressors, and socio-cultural factors play a huge role in health and illness. The model shows that there are no simple answers to why some people get sick during the winters and others do not, why some people catch what is going around and others do not, and why some people have heart attacks while others do not seem to have any heart problems. The reason people obtain illnesses and others do not depend on the interactions of factors including genetic factors and lifestyle factors. Two health problems that are related in this area are headaches - muscle tension and migraines.

The multi-factorial model shows a variety of factors that determine our health and how easily we are to receive illnesses.

The biological factors such as family history of illness, gender, age, medical history, and race have obvious roles in determining certain risks of illness. Genetics can be passed down from family members and it is the willpower of that person to keep the genes inactive in order to stop this hereditary disease. If a person has a family history of heart disease, it is up to that person to keep from inheriting the illness. Developing healthier behaviors, such as quitting smoking, exercising, dieting, and handling stress can reduce the risk of heart disease or any other illness. As for the other factors that are displayed on the model all, relate to health problems and illness in some way or another. Behavior, personality, attitude, socio-cultural factors, and stressors contribute to health problems and illness more than people realize.