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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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RUMIN, Cassiano Ricardo. Notes for the history of Health Psychology. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.1, pp. 30-45. ISSN 2236-6407.

The history of Health Psychology can be addressed from the perspective of the need for hospital services to understand psychodynamic elements arising from illness conditions and care processes. Later, the orientation of Health Psychology practices to primary health care expanded the set of knowledge and references for psychology professionals’ activities. This history continues to broaden its coverage areas and goes through redefinitions, deriving from reflexive processes of professional education entities and public policies. The aim in this paper was to characterize theoretical and technical components at a time when the 50th anniversary of the profession’s recognition in Brazil is celebrated. The results indicate the increasing participation of the profession in social public policies and the recovery of community-oriented practices that experienced backlashes. In conclusion, it is affirmed that the position the profession occupies in collective health, are movements to affirm historically weakened rights.

Keywords : health psychology; history of psychology; public policies.

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