daily hassles evaluation

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  • daily hassles evaluation
    • supporting evidence
      • Bouteyre et al 2007 - 223 french students moving from school to university, 41% suffered from depressive symptoms, significant risk factor was daily hassles they experienced
      • Biological response to daily hassles, Sher et al 2004 - daily hassle correlate with increased cortisol levels in healthy individuals, contributes to development of depression in vulnerable individuals, may be this biological response that links daily hassles to illness and negative effects
    • age differences
      • Aldrin et al 2014 - data from longitudinal study on 1389 males aged 48-101. Between ages 40-70 participants experienced fewer hassles, perhaps they were more used to dealing with situations. As participants got older the number of hassles increased and number of uplifts decreased, hassles experienced appeared to have more of an impact
      • Suggests as people age they become more adept to dealing with hassles. However, problems emerge in older age that make it more difficult to deal with hassles, as well as fewer opportunities of uplifts
      • Age must be taken into account when studying impact of daily hassles on stress
    • psychiatric problems
      • Dohrenwend et al 1984 - questioned use of hassles scales to predict health changes. Asked 371 clinical psychologists to assess instruments such as HSUP scale, found large degree of overlap between items on scale and symptoms of psychological disorders. Eg) not getting enough sleep is listed as hassle but insomnia is also symptom of depression. Individual may score high on hassles because they have another psychological disorder. Hassles scale measures psychiatric problems
      • No surprise there is correlation between daily hassles and depression - does not mean hassles are causing the problem
    • issues with self report
      • Issues with using self-report measures such as questionnaires
      • Here may be issues with social desirability bias
      • People may feel reluctant to indicate that they have experienced hassles because they are negative
      • This may be particularly true when it comes to hassles with relationships such as arguing, they may be unwilling to admit it’s an issue


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