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Psychology in Action

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B. Alcohol - Since binge drinking is fairly common, especially among college aged individuals, and a potentially dangerous habit it is also a target of prevention programs. The focus of these programs is to reduce or remove the social reinforcers that encourage binge drinking. C. Chronic Pain - Health psychologists help chronic pain patients by teaching them to cope with their pain through behavior modification, biofeedback, and relaxation techniques. IV. HEALTH AND STRESS MANAGEMENT - The two major forms of coping with stress are emotion- problem-focused approaches are explored. A. Cognitive Appraisal and Coping – How we interpret events or cognitive appraisal occurs in two steps: primary appraisal and secondary appraisal. Emotion-focused forms of coping strategies and based on Instructor’s Resource Guide                 Chapter 3 Page  88            
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changing one’s perceptions of stressful situations. Problem-focused forms of coping deal directly with the situation or causative factors so as to decrease or eliminate the problems. Psychology at Work: Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate – Tice and Baumeister (1997) found that procrastinators suffered significantly more stress and developed more health problems than nonprocrastinators. B. Resources for Healthy Living -The ability to cope with a stressor also depends on the resources Resources include exercise, positive beliefs, social skills, social support, material resources, personal control, relaxation, and a sense of humor. Instructor’s Resource Guide                 Chapter 3 Page  89            
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T eaching R esources SECTION I – UNDERSTANDING STRESS Learning Objectives #’s 1-9 Lecture Lead-In's #’s 1, 2 Discussion Questions #’s 2, 5 Active Learning Activities #’s 3.1, 3.2 Brain-Based Learning #'s 3.1, 3.2 Critical Thinking Exercise #'s 3.1, 3.2 SECTION II - STRESS AND ILLNESS Learning Objectives #’s 10-12 Lecture Extender #1 Discussion Questions # 4 Active Learning Activities # 3.4 SECTION III - HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION Learning Objectives #’s 13-16 Discussion Questions # 1 Active Learning Activities # 3.3 SECTION IV – HEALTH AND STRESS MANAGEMENT Learning Objectives #’s 17-18 Lecture Extender #1 Discussion Questions # 4 Active Learning Activities # 3.4   L ecture L ead- I ns Instructor’s Resource Guide                 Chapter 3 Page  90            
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1. In Billings, Montana, at 3:30 a.m., a man walks into an all night casino, pulls out a gun, and shoots the manager and two customers to death. He then turns and walks out to where police are waiting; he points the gun at the officers and they shoot him dead. What has caused this tragedy? When interviewed by the local radio station, the man's mother said that her son had been a loner and recluse since returning from Saudi Arabia and had "never been quite the same." Ask the students what has happened to this individual. There will be many different answers but someone should discover the Saudi Arabia connection. Explain that this incident could be explained in terms of
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