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Psychology Final 1 Psychology Final: Case Study Casey Sonksen Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Psychology Final 2 Case Study #1 Jennifer is a 29-year-old administrative assistant married to Antonio, an Italian engineer, whom Jennifer met four years earlier while on a business trip for her marketing company. The couple now lives in Nebraska, where Antonio works for the county's transportation departments and Jennifer commutes an hour each way to her marketing office. They have been trying to start a family for over a year. Eight months ago, Jennifer miscarried in her second month of pregnancy. Antonio's parents love Jennifer and often ask her if she is expecting again, hoping to encourage her to focus on her next baby. Jennifer's mother passed away two years ago and her father's health is rapidly deteriorating. Jennifer faces the probability of placing her father in a skilled nursing care facility within the next few months, against his wishes. At work, Jennifer runs a tight ship. She is organized and prepares lists to assure that everything is done according to schedule. Everyone counts on Jennifer and she takes pride in never letting people down. Jennifer has visited her physician numerous times in the last six months, complaining of headaches, backaches, and indigestion. Jennifer insists that she is happy and is not feeling stressed, yet she finds herself making more mistakes at work, unable to keep up with housework, and feeling tired and overwhelmed; she has begun to question her effectiveness as an employee, wife, daughter, and potential mother. Her pains seem to be increasing, but her doctor cannot find a physical cause for her discomfort.
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Psychology Final 3 1. What are the causes of stress in Jennifer's life? How is stress affecting Jennifer's health? The causes of stress in Jennifer's life include daily hassles such as household hassles and health hassles. Other causes are life changes and being a Type A Personality; she likes to have control over all aspects of her work life and cannot or will not give any control to anyone else. Another possible source of stress are multicultural differences between Jennifer and Antonio and his family. The final source of stress in Jennifer's life is the frustrations of commuting to work. Stress is affecting Jennifer's health in many different ways. She has been experiencing stress for so long that I believe she is in the Exhaustion Stage of the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.) and because of this her health is starting to deteriorate. Emotionally, Jennifer is dealing with anxiety because of the loss of her first baby and her in-laws pressuring her
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