Life Changes

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  • Created on: 04-02-15 13:24
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  • Life Changes
    • Holmes & Rahe (SRRS)
      • PROCEDURES:
        • Developed questionnaire = SRRS = Identify major stressful life events
        • 43 Life events w/ Life Change Unit
        • Pp's asked to "tick" all life events from past year & add up score (LCU)
        • Pp's w/ less than 150 on LCU score = 30% increase of stress-related illness
        • Pp's w/ 300+ on LCU = 50% of stress-related illness
    • Rahe
      • Tested the hypothesis of previous investigation
      • PROCEDURES:
        • Military version of SRRS - 2700 men
        • Filled a questionnaire noting life events over 6 months
        • illness score calculated on number, type & severity of illnesses recorded
      • RESULTS:
        • (+)ve correlation between  LCU score and illness score of +.118
        • men who scored low = low levels of illness
        • men who scored high = high levels of illness
        • it isn't the change in itself, but the way an individual deals with a life events = stress
      • Androcentric & cannot be generalized with another country = american men & military = dealt with stress already
    • EVALUATION:
      • Individual Differences
        • SRRS = ignores fact that stress has different significance to other people
        • example: abusive relationship
      • Life changes & daily hassles
        • major life changes = rare in people's lives
          • minor stressors = cause most stress
            • DeLongis:
              • 75 married couples
              • life events questionnaire & Hassles and Uplifts scale
                • found no relationship between life events and health
                  • significant positive correlation of +.59 between hassles and next-day health problems
                    • flu, sore throats, headaches & backaches

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