Axia College of University of Phoenix
Causes of Stress
Jennifer has multiple sources of stress. The primary cause of stress seems to be the stress associated with trying to start a family. Eight months ago Jennifer had a miscarriage and her husband’s parents are continually asking her if she is expecting again. Constantly being reminded that she is not a mother is most likely only exacerbating the situation and the stress that she feels. In addition, her mother passed away not long ago and now her father’s health is deteriorating as well. This leaves her facing the possibility of having to place her father in a nursing care facility against his wishes. Obviously, every child seeks to please his or her parents and doing something against their wishes, even if it is their best interest, is disheartening.
Jennifer also has a demanding job which adds to her stress. At work everyone depends on Jennifer to get things done. Therefore, in order to feel fully prepared Jennifer is very organized and prepares lists to assure everything is done according to schedule. Having so much responsibility at work can be extremely stressful, let alone her one hour commute each way to work.
Due to her stress, Jennifer is now experiencing headaches, backaches, and indigestion. Additionally, she finds herself making more mistakes at work, falling behind in housework, and feeling tired and overwhelmed. This has caused Jennifer to doubt herself as an employee, wife, daughter, and potential mother.
Impact on Self-concept and Self-esteem
These stressors are now impacting Jennifer’s self-concept and self-esteem. An individual’s self-concept refers to the impression or concept that they feel about themselves. Therefore it is obvious that Jennifer has a somewhat negative self-concept because she is beginning to doubt herself. Although the things that she is worried about (i.e. housework and mistakes at work) are actually quite... [continues]
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