DSST Health and Human Development Study Guide
Updated: Aug 18
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Table of Contents
1. Health, Wellness, Mind, and Body Connection
Responsible health, wellness, and lifestyles: Reducing health disparities is a primary national health goal that makes individuals more responsible for their health, wellness, and lifestyle.
Mental health is defined: It is an integral part of health, more than just the absence of mental illness, and is intimately connected with physical health and behavior.
Psychological disorders: There are well over 300 disorders listed in the DSM-IV.
Stress management and coping mechanisms: The three types of stress are acute, episodic, and chronic stress.
Addictive behaviors: A person is addicted when they center their life around the addiction to the exclusion of other activities, people, and needs.
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2. Human Development and Relationships
Reproduction: Reproductive anatomies include both men's and females' external and internal sex organs and internal reproductive organs.
Sexuality: Sexual orientation is a terminology used to describe a person's sexual desire for people of the same gender (homosexual), both gender (bisexual), or opposite gender (heterosexual).
Intimate relationships: Dating, developing an intimate relationship, and marriage are many people's sources of joy and well-being.
Healthy aging: Aging is a human experience that everyone will go through. It is interwoven with biological, psychological, and social complexities.
Death and grief: It takes a tremendous amount of time for people to accept death, but in grieving, the individual will discover ways to return to life and carry on (Compassion and Support, n.d.).
3. Substance Use and Abuse
Alcohol: Problem drinking and its related effects of dependency on alcohol are progressive.
Tobacco: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nicotine is highly addictive.
Other drugs: Drugs are classified into five schedules.
Substance-use behaviors: A pattern of maladaptive substance use associated with recurrent and significant adverse consequences.
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4. Fitness and Nutrition
Components of physical fitness: Cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
Good nutrition and its effects: Eating various foods in combinations that provide both necessary nutrients and reasonable blood sugar control.
5. Risk Factors, Disease, Disease Prevention
Infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases, prevention, and control: A biological agent such as a virus, bacterium, or parasite.
The Cardiovascular system: Cardiovascular diseases are plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries or atherosclerosis.
Types of cancer: Cancer is an accumulation of many diseases. There are over 100 different types of cancer.
Immune disorders: Cause abnormally low activity or over-activity of the immune system.
Diabetes, arthritis, and genetic-related disorders: Glucose levels may be elevated if the pancreas produces little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the body does not usually respond to insulin (type 2 diabetes).
Common neurological disorders: Neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spine, and nerves that connect to the nervous system.
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6. Safety, Consumer Awareness, and Environmental Concerns
Safety: Accidents are unplanned and sudden events that damage property or persons.
Intentional injuries and violence: Intentional injuries include homicides, rapes, suicides, abuse, and assaults.
Consumer awareness: Medicare, Medicaid, and prescription drugs.
Environmental concerns: Human population growth is growing at about 1.5% annually, with 89 million people annually.
7. Conclusion: DSST Health and Human Development
We’ve discussed the main points of the DSST Health and Human Development exam.
We’ve outlined health, wellness, the mind/body connection; mental health; psychological disorders; and stress management and coping mechanisms.
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8. Student Resources
DSST Health and Human Development Fact Sheet