Stress, Health, and Everything in Between
As you complete this appendix, you will investigate a few factors that affect how stress influences
Read both case studies and answer the following questions:
Case 1: Lucy
Lucy, 46, is an assistant vice president for the marketing department at Acme Housekeeping. She
has three children, ages 18, 16, and 13. Lucy has recently been through a divorce, but she is still
living in the same home. Her mother passed away last year from a heart attack. Her father lives
independently in the same town. Lucy plays bridge every Friday night with old high school friends.
Her children are active in sports and have no medical problems. Lucy has been suffering from
migraine headaches more frequently since the divorce. She feels anxious if she isn’t working on
something and keeps herself busy all the time. She has been trying to lose 20 pounds, but is too
busy to exercise.
Case 2: Chuck
Chuck is an easy-going, 28-year-old man working for the local Great Green grocery store as a
butcher. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 6 years. They have three children
under age 5, and his wife teaches piano out of their home. Chuck loves getting together with his
friends for Saturday afternoon football, or just to visit and talk about anything—anything but his
irritable boss. Both Chuck and his wife have their parents and siblings living nearby. They usually
visit their families at least once a month. Chuck has good health insurance and sees his doctor
regularly. He is worried about the high blood pressure he is beginning to develop, attributed to the
30 or so pounds his doctor said he needs to lose. His wife has been after him about losing
weight, but he struggles with watching his diet.
Answer questions 1-4 below:
Enter psychosocial factors that act as sources of stress for each individual in the table
Psychosocial factors causing stress
Envirmental stress, time
Comment on the apparent strength of each individual’s social support system in
the following table. Is the social support system adequate to help the individual deal with
stress? Why or why not?