Psychology of Stress and Health|
There has been an increasing interest in understanding the relationship between stress and health. This seminar will provide students with an overview of this relationship and the many types of research being conducted. Some of the broader topics of this class are: understanding the basics of health psychology, knowing what stress is according to the biopsychosocial model, describing various methods for studying stress and health, and identifying factors underlying heath habits and lifestyles. Additionally, students will look at positive health outcomes and gender and cultural differences in stress and health. Finally, various health issues (e.g., cancer, sleep behaviors, pain, and exercise) will be discussed.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Green, B. L., & Kimerling, R. (2004). Trauma, PTSD, and health status. In P. P. Schnurr & B. L.
Green, (eds.). Trauma and health: Physical health consequences of exposure to extreme stress (pp. 13-42). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Sapolsky, R. (2004). Chapter 8: Immunity, stress, and disease. In R. Sapolsky (Ed.) Why zebras don't get ulcers: An updated guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping (pp. 144). New York: Freeman and Co.
Weinstein, N. D., Rothman, A. J., & Sutton, S. R. (1998). Stage theories of health behavior: Conceptual and methodological issues. Health Psychology, 17(3), 290-299.
Benham, G. (2010). Sleep: An important factor in stress-health models. Stress and Health:Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, 26(3), 204-214.
Suls, J., & Rothman, A. (2004). Evolution of the biopsychosocial model: prospects and challenges for health psychology. Health Psychology, 23(2), 119-125.
Cohen, S., Hamrick, N., Rodriguez, M. S., Feldman, P. J., Rabin, B. S., & Manuck, S. B. (2002).
Reactivity and vulnerability to stress-associated risk for upper respiratory illness. Psychosomatic Medicine, 64, 302-310.
Balducci, C., Fraccaroli, F. & Schaufeli, W. B. (2011). Workplace bullying and its relation with work characteristics, personality, and post-traumatic stress symptoms: an integrated model. Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 24(5), 499-513.
Lelorain, S., Tessier, P., Florin, A., & Bonnaud-Antignac, A. (2012). Posttraumatic growth in long term breast cancer survivors: relation to coping, social support and cognitive processing. Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 627-639
Rice, K. G., & Van Arsdale, A. C. (2010). Perfectionism, perceived stress, drinking to cope, and alcohol-related problems among college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57(4), 439-450.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be a group presentation for each health issue, a short article review from the assigned health issue, and a final paper.
|Instructor(s): Quillen,Crystal A. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 20
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