Actual Issues of Health Psychology



The article regards some methodological and research problems of health psychology. It reveals the theme of the main questions studied in the field of health psychology: people’s motivation to keep and strengthen their own health, self-regulation skills development, improvement of life quality and coping abilities in the situation of the disease. The article shows the spectrum of the basic behavior patterns that promote or hinder health (smoking, alcohol abuse, physical exercise, sports, medical examinations, etc.) that are commonly targeted professionals in the field of health. We analyze the methodological eclecticism of research and the need to build internally more coherent theoretical studies to examine different forms of behavior within health psychology. The necessity to strengthen the integration and effective communication of health psychology and medicine is discussed.

General Information

Keywords: health, motivation, behavior, health psychology, self- determination, self-regulation.

Journal rubric: Psychological Safety

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Kasatkin V.N., Bochaver A.A. Actual Issues of Health Psychology [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2010. Vol. 2, no. 5 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Vladimir N. Kasatkin, Doctor of Medicine, Head of the Health Psychology Laboratory at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education., Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexandra A. Bochaver, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Center for Modern Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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