Daily hassles as a source of stress

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  • Daily Hassles as a source of stress
    • The HSUP (Hassles and Uplifts scale)
      • Measures respondents attitudes toward daily situations, focusing on the positive and negative events that occur in each day.
    • Daily hassles
      • Bouteyre et al (2007) investigated the relationship between daily hassles and mental health of students in the trandition period between school to university.
        • First year french psychology students completed the hassles part of the HSUP. Results showed that 41% of the students suffered from depressive symptoms.
    • Daily Uplifts
      • Gervais (2005) asked nurses to keep diaries for a month recording their daily hassles and uplifts while at work.
        • They found daily hassles to increase job strain and decrease job performance. They felt that some uplifts (e.g. a compliment) would counteract the negative effects of their daily hassles. These daily hassles also improved their job performance.
    • Evaluation
      • The accumulation effect
        • A number of studies (e.g. Ruffin 1993) have found daily hassles to provide a more significant source of stress.
          • This could be because the accumulation of minor daily stressors creates persistant irritations and overloads which then result in more serious stress reactions, e.g. stress and depression.
      • Most of the data from research on daily hassles in correlational. Meaning that we cannot draw definate conclusions about the relationship between daily hassles and well-being.
      • An alternative explanation could be that chronic stress due to life changes may make people more vulnerable to daily hassles.
        • As the person is already in a state of distres, the presence of minor stressors may amplify the experience of stress.


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