Department of Psychology, Panteion University,
Megalopolis, Arkadia, Greece
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Chronic diseases (e.g asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular diseases, Multiple sclerosis, neurological diseases etc) affect millions of people globally. People's attitudes or behavior can affect such disorders or symptoms and several studies and theories have linked psychological factors and personality with prevention and therapy of these diseases. These approaches are inframed in the biopsychosocial model of health and suggest that personality and psychological tendencies need to be considered more extensively when investigating the variables that promote physical health and fitness.
In this context, the aim of this special issue is to review the latest findings in chronic diseases and the role of psychology in the prevention and therapy of them. More specifically, it aims to examine the factors that are related to:
the primary and secondary preventive behavior
the psychological characteristics of the patients
the strategies that patients use to cope with these diseases (eg coping strategies like denial, social support seeking etc)
the psychological symptoms and disorders (eg. depression) associated with them
the psychological interventions applied for the treatment of these diseases
This special issue will provide an excellent opportunity to review the particular theme of chronic diseases, examine previously unaddressed aspects, propose new approaches and encourage new lines of research.