Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being


Chapter eleven begins with a prologue called “So much time, so little time to do it”. This prologue gives a short story about a mother’s busy day and schedule. I can relate to the story. When I read the prologue I felt as if I was reading a story about myself. Stress is the main issue that is discussed in the chapter. Health psychologists have proved a strong relationship between stress and the impact it has on a person’s overall health. Stress produces biological and psychological consequences. The amount of stress in a person’s life can affect their ability to fight illness, disease, and recover from surgery. Some psychophysiological disorders result from stress, which include backaches, skin disorders and high blood pressure (pg. 253).  When a person has a response to stress, there are three stages (alarm and mobilization, resistance, and exhaustion). This theory is known as the General Adaption Syndrome Model.  Table 11-1 on page 254 includes an evaluation to determine how stressful your life is. Stress has three major consequences. The first consequence is direct physiological results. Second, is harmful behavior and the third consequence is a decline in health.  Examples of these three consequences are found on page 255. The three categories of stressors are Cataclysmic events, personal stressors and background stressors.  Coping with stress is very difficult, but there are things that an individual can do to become better at it. Some coping methods include problem solving, positive thinking and social support.  Stress and behavior has also been linked to heart disease and cancer. Psychological factors that relate to physical illness are also discussed. Throughout the chapter vocabulary words are highlighted and defined. In order to obtain further research, website links are posted throughout the chapter. On page 272 a recap of all the important facts pertaining to the chapter are highlighted and emphasized, thus helping me to remember key points of the information. At the end of the chapter questions are presented, relating to the story in the prologue. The questions helped me to take what I learned from the chapter and apply it to a real life situation. I found this chapter very informative. Everyday, I find myself feeling stressed. I have three kids, work and school; therefore, I can relate to the chapter and learned a great deal from it.

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1 Response to Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being

  1. professorjohansensblog says:

    Angela, Excellent job with this post. Very descriptive and your content is thorough. Keep up the good work. My expectations for you are rising all of the time.

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