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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 14: Stress and Health Stress and Illness Peoples behaviors and stress responses are major influences on health and disease. Health psychology is contributing to the interdisciplinary field of behavioral medicine, which provides new avenues for the prevention and treatment of illness. Among health psychologys concerns are the effects of stress and the promotion of healthier living. Stress and Stressors Walter Cannon viewed stress, the process by which we appraise and respond to events that challenge or threaten us, as a "fight-or-flight" system. Hans Selye saw it as a three-stage (alarm-resistance-exhaustion) general adaptation syndrome. Modern research on stress assesses the health consequences of catastrophic events, significant life changes, and daily hassles. Stress and the Heart Coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death, has been linked with the competitive, hard- driving, impatient, and (especially) anger-prone Type A personality. Under stress, the body of a reactive, driving, impatient, and (especially) anger-prone Type A personality....
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2008 for the course PS 101 taught by Professor Yost during the Spring '08 term at John Carroll.
- Spring '08