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Stress, Coping, and Health Lecture Notes Clear and concise notes taken during lecture. (Received an A)

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PSYC 1010
Rebecca Jubis

Stress, Coping and Health  Stress: a disruption in psychological and physiological functioning that occurs when an event is perceived as a threat to our goals and we cannot cope with the stressor  Biopsychosocial Model: stress is composed of three components Types of Stress  Frustration: occurs when the pursuit of some goal is met with difficulty  Conflict  Pressure: expectations or demands that you behave in a certain manner  Life changes: any changes in one’s living circumstances that require readjustment o Is there a relationship between stress and subsequent illness? o Social readjustment rating scale (Holmes and Rahe): helps to identify people who are at high risk for stress-related problems. It contains a list of major life events that require readjustment  Creation of a prospective study from a retrospective study  Life events are arbitrarily measured in life change units (LCU)—marriage is 50 LCU
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