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According to the Transactional Model:
Stress exists when there is an imbalance between
Perceived DEMANDS and Perceived COPING ABILITY
(Anything which causes an organism to change in response
to stimuli in the environment)
Stressor = Stimulus or situation imposing demands on an
Transactional Model ­ Cox & Mackay
Emphasises individual differences
Stress depends on the person's perception of themselves
and the world around them.
Key Processes:
Primary Appraisal Secondary Appraisal
Primary Appraisal =
Person assesses the situation to identify threats / demands
Secondary Appraisal =
Person appraises their ability to cope


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