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The stress process revisited By Pearlin - Conditions that regulate stress are highly complex and variable - The expansion of knowledge has not occurred because sociologists are of one mind about stress and its Consequences - The stress process is a label that represents an attempt to give some conceptual organization to the diverse lines of research that were—and still are—underway. - The stress process conceptual model is not a set of rules that can rigidly be followed but instead it should be regarded as a general orienting framework that can guide the thinking of researchers about potentially stressful circumstances - Key assumptions of the stress process: 1) diverse factors that contribute to stress are interrelated – social stauses, exposure to stress, resources to deal with and the way stress is manifested. Another example is the alterations in life circumstances at one point may affect another point in life 2) stress concerns normal people in ordinary pursuit of life and driven by widely shared values and commitments 3) there is a overlap in interest of sociologists and those of other disciplines – one difference is that other disciplines can observe stress in animals such as mice while sociologists want to research humans Status and Inequality: - social and economic statuses are strongly related to the stress process - linkage between status and health and well being - systems of inequality are thought to be major causes of inequalities in disease - status become important parts of persona and self identification therefore connected to every part of the stress process - packaging of low statuses can also lead to more stress o ex. being colored and poor The Neighborhood Context: - often composed of people whose key statuses are similar o experience similar hardships and respond to these hardships n similar ways w/ similar resources - ambient stressors because neighborhoods surround daily life - physical state of neighborhood can also lead to stress - high residential turnover also leads to stress because people feel as if they are living among strangers - the neighborhood context is likely to have the greatest effect on elders and children because they leave neighborhoods less often Stressors: - risk of
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