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‘Major health gains to be expected from psychology’

 Preventive measures can reduce the incidence of depression and anxiety by 25% or more; health damage due to alcohol abuse, smoking and overeating can be lowered by changing people’s behaviors and living environments. These are conclusions from the expert conference ‘Psychology for Health’, organized by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) in Brussels on September 20-21, 2012.


 The conference was attended by 75 psychological experts, representatives of the health sector, the World Health Organization, and policy makers from the European Commission. They agreed that much can be gained by better using existing scientific knowledge. Evidence presented at the conference shows that psychological interventions do not only improve quality of life but are also cost-effective. Return on investment of health promotion at work is 10:1, for bullying prevention in schools it is 14:1, and for prevention of conduct disorders it is even 80:1.


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