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  • Created on: 02-04-11 17:39

What is stress?

  • Selye looked at the body's response to stressful stimuli/stressors.
  • he found that different stressors all produced the same pattern of physiological responses... this is called the stress response.
  • any stimulus that produced this response was a stressor...this is a response based-definition of stress.
  • when certian events or stimuli are definied as a stressor by their nature they are called stimulus-based stress eg. death of someone close to you.
  • these ignore individual differences, people will react differently to 'stressors'.
  • cox and mackey came up with the transactional model of stress which takes into account individual differences.
  • it looks at the person's perception of them in the world around them
  • the process is appraisal, primary and secondary appraisal
  • when the persons perception of their ability to cope is lower than the perceived demands they get stressed.


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