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Lecture 9, Mar 3 - Lecture 9 March 3 2008 I II III Methods...

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Lecture 9 March 3, 2008 I. Methods of stress research a. Big topic of research since 1967 b. Two major traditions that are very different i. Checklist approach ii.Contextual approach II. Basics of checklist approach: disrupt or threatening to disrupt individual’s normal activities a. Stimulus based approach to defining stress i. We need stress, it gives us the spice of life b. Counted objective stressful life events in past 6 months i. Check off which ones you have experienced 1. Natural life cycle changes: age graded events a. Birth, death, school, college (age broadened), job (1 st job is age graded), marriage, divorce, 2 nd marriage, graduation (what am I going to do with the rest of my life), having a child b. Changing jobs: 4 times or more in a lifetime 2. Unusual, unpredictable events a. Bad stuff happens to good people i. Terrorist attack, tornado, war, illness, accident c. Total events predicted illness well i. The sum of stressful life events predicts physical and psychological illness ii.Football players: more events meant more chance of physical injury 1. Not aware of it, being preoccupied III. Details of checklist approach a.
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