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Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 11

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Sociology of Medicine and Health – Class 11 I. Method 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. Basic of checklist approach A. Stimulus-based approach to defining stress B. Counted “objective” stressful life events in past 6 months C. Total events predicted illness well III. Details of checklist approach A. Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale B. 2 types of studies with checklist i. Retrospective community study ii. Longitudinal study community study IV. Checklist findings A. Consistent findings over many studies with different age and sex groups (r=.30) B. More life events consistently associated with increased psychological illness and physical illness V. Checklist problems A. Event sampling bias B. Intra-event variability C. Negative vs. Positive events D. Interrelationships among events E. Contaminated events F. Controllable vs. Uncontrollable events G. Major vs. Minor events VI. Basics of contextual approach
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