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Daily Hassles
Daily hassles are stressors which we come across in
everyday life
Daily hassles include things like
Your computer breaking
Traffic jams
Arguments with family
These daily hassles tend to be left unresolved and so can
build up and potentially be harmful to health
Daily hassles can be counteracted by daily uplifts such as:
Someone smiling at you
An old friend getting in touch
Receiving a compliment…read more

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Measuring Daily Hassles and Uplifts
Delongis et al (1982) developed the Hassles and Uplifts
Scale (HSUP)
It is a way of measuring people's attitudes towards
everyday situations and occurrences
The respondent can indicate whether an event is a hassle
(left) or an uplift (right) or both
0- None/N/A 1- Somewhat 2- Quite a bit 3- A lot
0123 Time spent with family 0123
p l e 0123 Your physical appearance 0123
e x 0123 The weather 0123
0123 Pets 0123
0123 Social commitments 0123…read more

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Bouteyre et al. (2007)
A study into the effects of daily hassles on the mental
health of students during the initial transition from school
to university
Participants: French 1st year psychology students
They completed the hassles part of the HSUP and the Beck
Depression Inventory to check for symptoms of
41% suffered depressive symptoms
Positive correlation between scores on HSUP and the
number of depressive symptoms
This study shows that the transition to university is full of
daily hassles and these could cause depression…read more

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Gervais (2005)
Nurses kept diaries for a month and recorded their daily
hassles and uplifts at work
They also rated their own performance each day
The daily hassles were found to increase job strain and
decrease job performance of the nurses
The nurses said that some of the uplifts counteracted the
negative effects of the hassles, improving their job
performance…read more

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Daily Hassles Life Changes
Daily hassles are now seen as comparable to,
possibly even greater than, life changes as a cause of
Ruffin (1993) found daily hassles to be the cause of
greater psychological and physical illness than life
Flett et al. (1995) proposed that daily hassles are the
cause of greater stress because the stress is not dealt
with properly and people do not receive significant
support in these situations…read more

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