Life Changes

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What is the SRRS and who invented it?
Social Readjustment Rating Scale - deduced by Holmes and Rahe - 43 life events taken from 5000+ patient records, each life even has a score to give an overall LCU score. Asked 400 PP to put 43 events in order of stress
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Who studed life changes?
Rahe et al
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What did Rahe et al do?
Constructed the SRE scale - gave to 3 US navy ships (over 2700 men) before duty tore, about previous 6 months and LCU score calc
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What did Rahe et al find?
+118 LCU = illness prone - low scores = low levels of sickness. This shows that not only negative changes cause illness but all life changes cause stress and thus illness
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What recent research is there on life changes?
Michael and Ben-Zur
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What did Michael andBen-Zur find?
Studied 130 men and women who were recently divorced or widowed - found divorced had high stress after but increase in life satisfaction after - widows more stress pre-death and less after
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What are the evaluation points on daily hassles?
Lazuras suggests daily hassles are more significant in every day life than big life changes which are fairly rare
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Eval point on individual differences?
Stressors may effect people differently - the death of a spouse if young and unexpected may have a huge impact, but if eldersly and expected it may be an expected relief
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Eval point on Spurious relationships?
All the data on life changes is correlation data - doesn't tell us about any casual relations that may effect results (3rd variable anxiety, Brown suggsts people with high anxiety more likely to put life changes as bad and more prone to illness)
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