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Physiotherapy: Behavioral Theories and Models 7.5 Credits

Sjukgymnastik: beteendevetenskapliga teorier och modeller
First cycle, S0067H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2015 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Professional qualification in physiotherapy consisting of 180 credits or the equivalent

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge about the behavioural science aspect of physiotherapy
On completion of the course, the student should, in a physiotherapeutic context for individuals with limited motion function, be able to:
  • Describe and reflect on the importance of different psychological factors for an individual's health, based on relevant scientific literature.
  • Set up an individual health plan for behavioural change by analysing and applying behavioural science theories considering cultural and gender factors with support from relevant scientific literature.
  • Describe factors that influence a person's motivation with support from relevant scientific literature.

Behavioural, cognitive and health psychology theories and models: social cognitive theory, psychology of learning, including operant and respondent learning, trans-theoretical model including stress coping. Cultural factors of significance.

Learning in the course takes place through flexible learning where theory and supervised method exercises are incorporated. Furthermore, an individual assignment takes place or in groups, both with literature studies and study assignments during the course. In all tuition forms, the student is stimulated and encouraged to carry out problem-solving and to have a critical reflective attitude.

Objectives 1-4 are examined through an individual report with seminar (Test 0001, 7.5 credits) Criteria for pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

This course is given for second-cycle studies. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Fronter.

Gunvor Gard

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Denison, E. & Åsenlöf, P. (2012) Beteendemedicinska tillämpningar i sjukgymnastik. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Glanz, K., Rimer, B. and Viswanath K. (eds): Health behavior and health education. Theory, research, and practice. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass. 2008. (E-book).

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

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Syllabus established
by 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by 12 Feb 2015