Studies for the Stress Unit

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1. What are the methodological problems with daily hassels research?

  • Many researchers use retrospective recall to investigate daily hassels and this may make the reporting unreliable, causal conclusions cannot be drawn easily
  • The invention of new technology means our current knowledge is rapidly becoming out if date as technological advances may change stressors in the workplace
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2. What did Friedman and Rosenman do in their study?

  • The set up a group of 3000 men and assesed their personalities by interview as well as examining them for signs of Coronary Heart Disease
  • Gave over 7000 civil servants a questionnaire on workload, job control and a health check for signs of Cardiovascular disease. An indepent assesment was also done by checking job specification and role, they were reassessed 5 years later

3. What are the weaknesses of drug treatments?

  • They may have side effects and BZs are addictive, they only control symptoms not the cause and may produce withdrawal symptoms
  • Only suits those determined to stick with it, research cannot be generalized, produces require time and commitment and concepts may be overly compl

4. What are the strengths of drug treatments?

  • They are easy to use compared with Biofeedback
  • They may have side effects and BZs are addictive, they only control symptoms not the cause and may produce withdrawal symptoms

5. What did Gervais do in his study?

  • Asked nurses to keep diaries for a month recording their hassels and uplifts whilst at work
  • Gave a version of the SRRS to 2700 navy men who filled it in just before a tour of duty, an illness score was calculated on the basis of illness recorded during the 7 month tour

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