06140 - Psychosomatics

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to develop in the students a basic knowledge for the understanding of basic concepts of psychosomatic medicine and explore the main clinical and therapeutic guidelines.

Course contents

the psychosomatic approach

The course will take place during the second semester (from March to May 2021) at Cesena Campus of the School of Psychology and Education (address: p.zza A. Moro, 90).

The clinical domains of psychosomatic medicine

Stress, chronic stress and allostatic load

Stressful events

Early life-events

Role of personality

Health and psychological well-being

Depression in medicine

Anxiety in medicine

Irritable mood and somatic diseases

Classification of psychosomatic distress

Illness behavior and somatization

Healthy and quality of family relationships


Social support





Essential textbook

Grandi S., Rafanelli C., Fava G.A., Manuale di Psicosomatica, Roma: Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, 2011.

American Psychiatric Association (2014). DSM-5: Manuale diagnostico e statistico dei disturbi mentali - Quinta Edizione. Raffello Cortina Editore: Milano.

EZIO SANAVIO (a cura di) Manuale di psicopatologia e psicodiagnostica : capitolo VIII Disturbo da sintomi somatici e disturbi correlati, di S. Grandi e L. Sirri. Il Mulino editore, 2016

Additional readings

- Il metodo psicosomatico. Strategie per migliorare la valutazione clinica (A cura di Fava G.A., Sonino, N., Wise, T.N.) Giovanni Fioritti Editore, 2014.

- Ann M Kring, Gerald C Davison, John M Neale, Sheri L Johnson. Psicologia Clinica, quinta edizione italiana Zanichelli Editore, 2017.

- Kellner R., Psychosomatic syndromes and somatic symptoms, Washington: American Association Press, 1991.

Teaching methods

Lectures with clinical cases exemplifications and playing.

Assessment methods

The exam is done through a final exam that ensures the acquisition of knowledge and skills expected by conducting a written test which provides 4 open-ended questions on topics related to the main objectives of the course.

Erasmus or exchange students must contact the professor before the beginning of the course.

Teaching tools

Slides, PC, slide projector, overhead projector

Office hours

See the website of Silvana Grandi