Psych Chpt 13(Health and...) - C h a p te r 1 3 : H e a lth...

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Chapter 13: Health, Stress, and Coping Let’s Talk About Stress, Baby • Health Psychology • Stress and Stressors • Stress Mediators • Physiology and Psychology of Health • Promoting Healthy Behavior Health Psychology Health Psychology -- a field in which psychologists conduct and apply research aimed at promoting human health and preventing illness Interested in: – how people stay healthy – why they become ill – how they respond when they do get ill Stress and Stressors
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Physical Stress Psychological stress Exercise Malnutrition Injury/Illness Dehydration Temperature Worrying Anxiety Fear Pressure to succeed Stress and Stressors What is Stress? • Stress: a process of adjusting to disruptive events What is Stress? What is Stress?
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Some Types of Stressors Life changes/strains: –Marriage/Divorce –Birth/Death –Going to College Takeaway: stressors can be good or bad, but negative events have most adverse effects Some Types of Stressors Catastrophic Events: –Physical/Sexual assault –Natural Disasters (Hurricane Katrina) –Accidents –Terrorist Attacks (9/11) Some Types of Stressors Acute Stressors (disruptive but short- term): –A really difficult exam –Scary presentations in front of a lot of people Some Types of Stressors Daily Hassle s: –Sitting in traffic –Waiting in long lines
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Some Types of Stressors Chronic Stressors (continuous, long- term): –Have you experienced any of these stressors? A = YES B = NO Some Types of Stressors 1. Your roommate or someone in your hall blasts music all day…all night… Some Types of Stressors 1. Your roommate or someone in your hall blasts music all day…all night… 2. You’re constantly picking up after your roommate (who left his/her half-eaten lunch out for 3 days…AGAIN…) Some Types of Stressors 1. Your roommate or someone in your hall blasts music all day…all night… 2. You’re constantly picking up after your roommate (who left her half-eaten lunch out for 3 days…AGAIN…) 3. Your roommate has a significant other/annoying friend who hangs around the room WAY too often
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Some Types of Stressors Takeaway: All of these together would make living in the dorms a chronic stressor. Chronic stressors may not have immediate impact but can accumulate over time and ultimately wear you down
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2011 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Suarez during the Spring '09 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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Psych Chpt 13(Health and...) - C h a p te r 1 3 : H e a lth...

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