What does the termâ€psychosocialâ€ mean to you? Write your
thoughts below without consulting any literature sources:
There is no need to reference what you write.
Within the context of infection prevention/control the term psychosocial is indicative of the psychological and social factors that influence an individualâ€™s infection prevention/control behaviour.
What is important to remember when considering the psychosocial nature of infection prevention/control is that it is not just the physical aspects that count (think back to your comparison of the Chain of Infection and the Unified Approach to the Causal Nature of Cross Infection). The psychological and social aspects are equally as important as the physical aspects. For example,
Psychological aspects:Â a) our attitudes towards types of infections and risks of cross infection. Our personal susceptibility to contracting an infection.
In thinking about â€œaâ€ above you should look up the theories of: Health Locus of Control, Unrealistic Optimism, Cognitive Economy and Cognitive Dissonance. Â
a.Â Â Â Our beliefs about types of people who may, or may not, constitute a cross infection risk.
In thinking about â€œbâ€ above you should look up the theories of: Attribution, Health Locus of Control, The Health belief Model and Protection Motivation Theory.Â
Reflection Exercise 2 (200 WORDS)
Write about what you have learnt from looking up some or all of the theories above.
You should reference what you write.
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