Health Psychology and Stress

Health Psychology and Stress - Stress and Coping The...

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Unformatted text preview: Stress and Coping The Biopsychosocial Model Biological Factors Social Factors Psychological Factors Health & Wellness Stress! Stress A general, imprecise term that can refer either to a stress response or to a stressor (stressful situation) Physiological reaction caused by the perception of aversive or threatening situations State of tension, homeostatic imbalance that is aversive Stress Stressors: stressful stimuli and situations Stress response: individuals reaction Negative emotional and physiological responses that occur as individuals try to adjust or deal with stressors that exceed their ability to cope Stressors are environmental circumstances that disrupt an individuals daily functioning Stress occurs when an individuals perceived Sources of Stress Traumatic events Negative events that are perceived as uncontrollable, unpredictable, or ambiguous Acute Stress Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sources of stress Major Life Events Require significant adjustment in all aspects of life Both positive and negative events can be powerful stressors Marriage Death of close family member Being fired from a job Winning the lottery Types of stress Acute stress: Arousal that has a clear onset and offset Chronic stress: Enduring arousal that continues over an extended period of time Fight or Flight Response Physiological reactions that prepare us for the efforts required by fighting or running away As you may recall from the Biological Perspective chapter, this is characterized by the sympathetic...
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Dan during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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