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Health Psychology

-integrates research on health and psychology to promote health and wellbeing


Behavior and Death

-people are most likely to die from causes that stem from their own behaviors
-leading causes of death in 2007:
1) heart disease
2) accidents
-48% of teenagers/young adults death due to accidents


Heart Disease

-leading cause of death for adults in industrialized world
Key Predictors:
-health behaviors (i.e. smoking, obesity)
Personality Traits:
-related to how ppl respond to stress
a) Type A: competitive, achievement oriented, aggressive, hostile, impatient, and time pressed
b) Type B: nonconmp.etc.
-major contributor of heart disease
-ppl who score high on hostility rating self-report have high incidence of coronary heart disease


Placebo Effects

-improvements in health attributed to inert drug or bogus treatment
-participants must believe it will work and not know fake
-can reduce pain perception (neural processes involved in responding to pain-reducing placebo are similar to ones activated in response to biological treatment)
-drugs that interfere with body's natural method of reducing pain also make pain relievers and placebos equally ineffective



-condition in which strong emotional response overwhelm's perceived ability to meet demands of a situation


Ways to View Stress

Stimulus View:
-focus on the situation that causes stress
Response View:
-focus on the physiological changes that occur when faced with challenging situation
Relational View:
-focus on relationships bw people and the situation


Stress as a Stimulus

Hassles and Uplifts Scale
-social readjustment rating scale
-quantifies stress in terms of major life changes
-positive correlations bw frequency of stressors and health symptoms
-stressors are experienced differently with different people


Stress as a Response

-looking at stress response allows us to take into consideration how person reacts to situation, not just situation
-difficult to quantify large scale (but captures ind dif better)


Person and Situation

Primary Appraisal
-what a situation means to us
-outcome of appraisal determines emotional response
*stress emerges from a neg emotional response when we can't deal with the demands of a situation


Physiology of Stress and Coping Mechanisms

Two processes by which body achieves stability:
-simple adjustment in physiological state to compensate for situation
-multiple homeostatic mechanisms to maintain a homeostatic environment


Physiology of Stress
Neuroendocrine System

Adrenal Medullary System
-norepinephrine sauses sympathetic respons (fight or flight) in which HR, respiration increases
-chronic stress is detrimental to health
Hypothalmic Pituitary Adrenal Axis (HPA)
-cortisol plays a role in breaking down complex molecules into simple ones to produce energy and suppresses immune system


Sex Differences and Stress

Cannon's Fight or Flight
-increased HR
-redistribution of blood to muscles and brain
-deeper resp
-dilation of pupils
-inhibition of gastric secretions
-increase in glucose release from liver
-avoided using women in studies due to dif in hormones
-women and men ofter respond differently to stressors i.e. tend and befriend response
-possible that release of oxytocin during social stress encourages women to affiliate with others


Generalized Adaptation Syndrome

Stage 1:
-when stressor is realized
-fight/flight response
Stage 2:
-if stressor persists, necessary to attend some means of coping
-body can't keep this up indefinitely
Stage 3:
-body's resources are depleted and it ant maintain normal functioning
-immune system compromised

*see graph*



-state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion created by long-term involvement in an emotionally demanding situation
-accompanied by lowered performance and motivation


Coping Process

-to deal with stressors we use cognitive appraisals (link feelings with thoughts)
-Lazarus' Two Part Process
1)primary appraisal
-decide whether stimuli is stressful, benign, or irrelevant
2)Secondary Appraisal
-once we perceive an event a stressful, we evaluate our response options and choose coping strategies
*Anticipatory Coping: coping that occurs before onset of a future stressor


Types of Coping

Folkman and Lazarus' Coping Strategies

1) Problem Focused Coping
-direct steps to confront or minimize stressor
-most effective when you have control over event
2) Emotion Focused Coping
-prevent having emotional response to stressor
-most effective when no control over event


Strategies for Positive Thinking Using Positive Reappraisal

Downward Comparisons
-thinking about others in worse situations
Creation of Positive Events
-restructure to find positive aspects/ effects


Emotion Focused Coping Types

-avoiding situations or thoughts that are reminders of a stressor and maintaining an artificially positive view point
-new creative way to think about stressor that reduces its threat
-three steps
a)acceptance: stressor exists and cannot be wished away
b)exposure: attending to stressor
c)understanding: working to mind the meaning of the stressor in your life