ADULTHOODLupe’s case studyIntroduction Stress examination across the lifespan reflects the lifespan development’s principles. Stress as well as coping processes change across the lifespan and require a multidisciplinary context to understand the change. Moreover, stress and coping processes are affected by social perspective and validate individual differences in change’s trajectories. Haase et al. (2013), how stress changes across the lifespan mainly depends on the definition of stress. Traumatic stress reflects the social, historical perspective, while life events stress may reflect life stage of an individual as well as social life. This paper aims at discussing questions regarding a case study about Lupe’s. These questions include discussing developmental stresses and contextual stresses in Lupe’s life at present, Lupe’s sources of strength and the potential impact of Lucia’s return on her mother.What are the developmental stresses (age-related) and contextual stresses (nonnormative) in Lupe’s life at present? Consider her age, family role, and cultural context.In Lupe’s life, there are various types of developmental stresses that are related to age as well as contextual stresses. According to Li (2013), developmental stress hasdistinct behavioral symptoms and involves an awareness that is anchored in the present time. In Lupe’s case, there is developmental stress since her husband left her with children because he found the stress of family life to be overwhelming. This seems to have affected Lupe’s socially as she had no one to share his life with. The social engagement system helps to keep individuals socially as well as emotionally engaged once they have stressful personal experiences. Lupe’s has stayed single for 16 years, and she feels that she would like to meet someone with whom she could share her life. In this case, social engagement system would allow Lupe to receive support from her closest friends. Support from close friends is related to the reduction of stress-related hormones.2
ADULTHOODMoreover, bearing in mind that Lupe is the responsible party for her family and taking care of her aging mother, she is likely to be distracted with the problems of raisingher children and taking care of her elderly mother. Also, she is distressed as she feels that she only has a limited amount of time left to pursue some of her wishes. Distress causes anxiety and is experienced as exceeding people’s ability to cope as well as feeling unpleasant.