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    An enquiry into personal and psychological factors that influence outcomes in rehabilitation and long-term conditions. Identification of risk and protective factors in rehabilitation.

    In this paper students will examine psychological factors influencing rehabilitation by considering the "Personal Factors" component of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning Scheme; along with research on personality, mental health conditions, and coping styles. The paper aims to enhance students' understanding of ICf's broader contextual aspects of rehabilitation.

    About this paper

    Paper title Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation
    Subject Rehabilitation
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    REHX 714
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertRehab, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRehab, PGCertPHC, PGDipPhty, MPhty

    Every applicant shall be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study.

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice at before selecting your programme.

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Fiona (Fi) Graham

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    Regular interaction with classmates and paper tutors via Zoom videoconferencing and the online learning platform, Moodle. Additional on-line events to support whakawhanaunatunga (establishing relationships), and skills development, within the broader Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit learning community.

    All material will be on Moodle.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this paper the student will be able to:

    1. Identify the Personal Factors from the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) model that influence the expression of an individual's functioning and/or disability
    2. Distinguish between different models of normal personality functioning and identify contemporary conceptualisations of personality disorder
    3. Apply the stress-diathesis model to the understanding of psychological responses to physical disabilities and long-term conditions
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of mental-physical health comorbidities, including an awareness of the interactions between mental disorders and physical conditions, and their consequent impact on disabilities and long-term condition management
    5. Identify evidence-based medical and psychological treatments for depression and panic disorder presenting in people with physical disabilities and long-term conditions
    6. Compare and contrast macro- and micro-analytic coping models and analyse their strengths and weaknesses
    7. Discuss the constructs of happiness, resilience and post-traumatic growth and relate these to positive psychology models of rehabilitation


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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