Applied Exercise and Health Psychology



Detailed Assessment Guidance

The coursework task requires you to research the evidence base for each topic area and then answer five (from the choice of 7) questions academically, critically and concisely. Each answer should be followed with the appropriate reference list (not included in word count). All should then be put together in one document to enable submission to Turnitin.

Choose 5 questions to answers from the 7 possible questions below:

1. To what extent is exercise addiction considered to be dangerous? Critically discuss this question, using evidence from research (800 words).


2.Critically examine the role of exercise as a potential cause of, and as a possible treatment for eating disorders (800 words).


3.Using empirical evidence, critically discuss the mechanisms thought to contribute to dieting failures (800 words).


4.To what extent is exercise a beneficial treatment for those who experience mild to moderate depression and anxiety? Critically discuss this question, using evidence from research (800 words).


5.Compare and contrast the adequacy of  two intervention types in increasing physical activity levels and improving health outcomes (800 words). Note- examples might be exercise referral schemes, green gyms, cardiac rehab etc.


6.Examine the psychological theoretical approaches that attempt to explain a person’s food choices (800 words). Within your answers please consider;


a. Developmental

b. Cognitive  and

c. Psychophysiological theories

7. Evaluate and discuss the quality of evidence underpinning one psychological model used to explain exercise and health behaviour (800 words). Note – examples of possible model to choose might be TTM, TPB, SDT ( can select a different one is preferable)


This assessment relates to the following module learning outcomes (taken from the module handbook):

1. Critically appraise the key theories utilized in health and exercise behaviour

2. Communicate the processes which contribute to implementing an effective behaviour change programme in an exercise setting;

3. Demonstrate awareness of a variety of relationships between exercise and health.

4.  Critically discuss key issues in exercise and health psychology with reference to current research.


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