Hans Eysenck as a health psychologist

Shulamith Kreitler*

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Health psychology held a special place in Hans Eysenck's broad range of contributions to psychology. The paper outlines briefly the developmental course of Eysenck's interest in medicine and health from the early groping attempts focused on studying, on the one hand, psychological correlates of physical disorders and, on the other hand, the personality correlates of psychological ones. From the eighties onward he focused increasingly on the personality contributions to predicting the occurrence and course of disease, mainly cancer and coronary heart disease. A great number of publications on this theme were done with associates, mainly Grossarth-Maticek, and have become the focus of controversies. However, this should not obscure the contributions of Eysenck to health psychology which are mainly highlighting the role of personality in regard to physical disorders, and suggesting several major conceptual and methodological paradigms for the study of the impact of psychological, genetic, and life-style factors on physical health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-155
Number of pages3
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • H. J. Eysenck
  • Health psychology
  • Personality dimensions


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