151 - Stress

151 - Stress - Stress Stressors...

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Stress Stressors: Stress from everyday hassles may be more predictive of mood and psych and  physical well-being than major life events (e.g., death of a spouse) or chronic  conditions (e.g., poverty) Coping: Methodological Issues Coping checklists Domain specific stressors—affects coping Coping vs. reacting Causal relationships (bi-directional and hard to test) Research on communication has been relatively removed from the work on  stress and coping.   Focus on psychological characteristics Directly dealing with the source of the stress or doing something to alter it  (problem-focused coping)  Managing emotions (emotion-focused coping).  Or, approach-avoidance tendencies   Active coping strategies--more positive adjustment and passive coping  strategies poorer adjustment  More complex than these two dimensions    Stress and coping are communicative/relational in nature  Circumstances in which direct approaches may not be feasible or desirable 
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e.g., lack of control over circumstances—children often feel lack of control over  parent’s stressors  People who do employ active, problem-solving approaches --feel as if they have 
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