Measuring Stress.

Measuring stress for OCR psychology, health and clinical psychology. 


Physiological Measures; Geer & Maisel

Using physiological methods to measure stress. This is an OBJECTIVE form of measurement. 

Study by Geer and Maisel used physiological methods to measure stress. 

Urine samples - measure the levels of adrenaline present. more adrenaline there is the more stressed a person is. 

GSR - Galvanic Skin Response - sweat. The more sweat the more stressed someone is. 

Blood Pressure - Higher blood pressure the more stressed you are as more blood is being pumped round the body. 

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Self - Reports; Kanner.

Using Self - Report methods to measure stress. This form is then SUBJECTIVE as the participants are filling them out themselves. 

The study by Kanner used self - report methods to measure stress. 

Life events doing self - reports. Hassles and uplifts scale which was linked to the Holmes and Rahe SRRS. 

SRRS - Social Reasjustment Rating Scale. The events and experiences that affect our level of stress, major events change in lifestyle etc. Seems to relate to being married. cant relate to everyone. vague and bland. some will stress more people out on certain levels than others it is also a dated list. 

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Combination Methods; Johansson.

Using a mixture of methods to gain data. This means it is both OBJECTIVE and SUBJECTIVE

The study by Johansson used self - reports and urine samples to gain data on stress.

Urine samples were taken periodically throughout the day to measure the stress

self report was carried out on mood and alertness plus the participants caffeine and nicotine conumptions. 

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