Written by leading authors Nick and Bethan Redshaw specifically for the AQA Psychology Specification Year 2 Psychology in Context, ISSUE, DEBATES and OPTIONS - Option 2 - STRESS
Option 2 Stress - Learning Objectives
On completion of this Option you should be familiar with the following:
Week 1. The physiology of stress, including general adaptation syndrome, the hypothalamic pituitary-adrenal system, the sympathomedullary pathway and the role
Week 2. The role of stress in illness, including reference to immunosuppression and cardiovascular disorders.
Week 3. Sources of stress: life changes and daily hassles. Workplace stress, including the effects of workload and control.
Week 4. Measuring stress: self-report scales (Social Readjustment Ratings Scale and Hassles and Uplifts Scale) and physiological measures, including skin conductance response.
Week 5. Individual differences in stress: personality types A, B and C and associated behaviours; hardiness, including commitment, challenge and control.
Week 6. Managing and coping with stress: drug therapy (benzodiazepines, beta blockers), stress inoculation therapy and biofeedback. Gender differences in coping with stress. The role of social support in coping with stress; types of social support, including instrumental, emotional and esteem
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