Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the claimed associations between individual differences in personality and other psychological characteristics on susceptibility to illness
  • Discuss the scientific problems involved in investigating and explaining links between personality and physical illness
  • Be able to describe and explain the 'Biopsychosocial Model' (BPSM)
  • Assess contemporary research on personality and illness
  • Review literature on personality, health and illness