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Psychosocial Characteristics

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Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine


Psychosocial aspects; Psychosocial factors


Psychosocial characteristics is a term used to describe the influences of social factors on an individual’s mental health and behavior.


A psychosocial approach to human behavior involves the relation between intrapersonal psychological and environmental aspects. Psychosocial characteristics is commonly described as an individual’s psychological development in relation to his/her social and cultural environment. “Psychosocial” means “pertaining to the influence of social factors on an individual’s mind or behavior, and to the interrelation of behavioral and social factors” (Oxford English Dictionary, 2012). Psychosocial factors, at least in the context of health research, can be defined as the mediation of the effects of social structural factors on individual health, conditioned and modified by the social structures contexts in which they exist (Martikainen, Bartley, & Lahelma, 2002). These statements raise the...

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Vizzotto, A.D.B., de Oliveira, A.M., Elkis, H., Cordeiro, Q., Buchain, P.C. (2013). Psychosocial Characteristics. In: Gellman, M.D., Turner, J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer, New York, NY.

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