the kid from their exes place. e. Contaminated events i. Some life events actually indicate symptoms of illness as well as stressful events. Change in eating habits, can be a symptom of illness and if stressful too. Change in sleeping habits, can be illness symptom and stressful. f. Controllable vs. Uncontrollable events i. Controllable events were less stressful than uncontrollable events. g. Expected vs. Unexpected events i. Expected events are less stressful than unexpected events.
h. Major vs. Minor events i. The big things in the family are more stressful than the small events in your life. Small stuff is not as critical for the health as opposed to being aggravated. V. Basics of contextual approach a. Based on complex theory of stress b. Fix problems of intra-event variability and event sampling bias i. Tries finding out what this specific event means to this specific event. c. Tries to understand meaning of event to individual i. Ask people what happened to you instead of basing it off the 43 events that can happen to anyone. VI. Details of contextual approach a. Life event interview i. One to one interview with a highly trained interviewer. You get people to describe what happened in the specific time frame, what led up to it, and what can happen out of it. And then they ask if there is anything that happened before this that is still giving them stress. b. Group ratings of “contextual threat” of event i. Rate what the story of the person is based on how much of a threat it can be to them. c. Advantages VII. Contextual findings a. Contextual threat ratings predict illness better than checklist i. You get more information about the stress process, their perceptions of stress, their coping behaviors, and how their personalities affect it b. Reveals more information about the stress process for specific individuals c. Specific kinds of events linked to specific illnesses i. Loss events increase depression 1. Fresh start events decreases depression ii. Danger events increase anxiety iii. Intrusive events increase schizophrenia
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