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Case Study #1 Jennifer 1. What are the causes of stress in Michael’s or Jennifer’s life? How is stress affecting Michael’s or Jennifer’s health? The first stress factor started with Jennifer’s miscarriage. The case study states that her and Antonia had been trying to start a family for over a year and when they finally got pregnant she had lost the baby within the first two months. This can be very stressful for any women because it makes them feel or think bad things about themselves. They start to get that “What is wrong with me” feeling thinking that it is their fault that they cannot carry to full term. The next stress factor would be her parents, or more importantly her father. Since her mother has passed a long time ago she is now the one who takes responsibility for her father and is most likely stressed about having to place him in a nursing home because of his deteriorating health. Work is definitely a stress factor in her life as well. For starters it takes her an hour to get to work and then another hour to get home. Just thinking about having to take that trip every morning can cause her a great deal of stress. The case study states that “everyone counts on Jennifer and she takes pride in never letting people down”, this sentence alone has stress written all over it. Just knowing that other people depend on her work to do their jobs would stress anyone out. All of this stress is causing her to get headaches, backaches, and indigestion. The pain is solely caused by an overwhelming amount of stress. 2. How are these stressors impacting Michael’s or Jennifer’s self-concept and self-esteem? Jennifer starts to question herself as a worker and a wife. With all of the mistakes she is making at work and not being able to keep up on her household chores she starts to think very little of herself. She feels that she has so much going on that she can’t take care of her father anymore and feels like less of a daughter because she thinks she is letting her father down. When it comes to her husband she is starting to question herself about being a mother because everything else in her life including her pregnancy seems to be going all wrong. All in all the stress has taking a huge toll on both her self-concept and her self-esteem. She claims to be “happy and not stressed”, but the reality is she is feeling more and more depressed every day. 3. How might Michael’s or Jennifer’s situation illustrate adjustment? How
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course ACC 320 taught by Professor Tittle during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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