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Outline and Evaluate Research into Life Changes as a Source of Stress

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´╗┐Outline and Evaluate Research into Life Changes as a Source of Stress Stress is the response that occurs when we think the demands of a stressor being placed on us are greater than our perceived ability to cope. Stress, if left unresolved, could lead to serious health problems. People believe that life changes are linked to stress. Life changes are major events that occur in an individual?s lifetime such as death of a loved one, pregnancy, divorce or getting fired. Stress can also be a result of something that doesn?t happen, for example, not being promoted, not getting into university you wanted or not getting married. ...read more.

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Each of the events were ranked in order of their LCU (Life Change Unit), starting with the most high stress changes down to the lower stress ones. They found that death of a spouse was most stressful as it was rated as the event which required most adjustment and divorce came second. The patients were asked about previous years life events making it retrospective this could make results unreliable because some patients could forget some details. This study was carried out in the US so the results and how they were rated would be culturally specific. This scale also doesn?t take into account individual differences some people will find the same sort of event less stressful than others for example, divorce could be perceived as a disaster for some but relief for others. ...read more.

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It was a double-blind study, so neither the naval men nor medical staff knew the aims of Rahe et al?s study, eliminating the possibility of demand characteristics from arising. Results were in the form of correlation does not imply causality, only an association. Divorce may be a factor correlated with depression, but perhaps the depression of one partner led to divorce rather than the other way around. The patients were asked about previous years life events making it retrospective this could make results unreliable because some participants could forget some details this can be a problem when people are already ill , they may be looking for explanations to their illness and exaggerate their the number of life events. ...read more.

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