Lisa M. Hernandez
Texas Christian University
February 9, 2015
Thoits, P., (1995) Stress, Coping and Social Support Processes: Where Are We? What Next?, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 35, pg. 53-79 This article depicts the stressors of social workers in their practice, how stress is handled and the process of gaining the support they need to adequately function and cope with the variety of stress they experience in the field. Ms. Thoits calls upon research to answer questions that have been, at that time, unanswered, such as “How the impact of stress affects physical and mental health.” A great example of evidence based practice in the making, the article calls upon various research to explain the vast consequences of unmanaged stress. The article also speaks of personal control and perceived social support and how they influence general health and mental health. The theory used would be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. How a person perceives his or her stress will impact the trauma they experience because of stress. Also detailed is how social support systems can greatly enhance the coping skills when dealing with stress. Finding others that experience the same type of stressful situations have been proved effective in coping with the stress of the practice. Reaching out to others has been proven vital. Proper coping skills and support have provided evidence of great health benefits due to the fall out of health issues caused by un-managed stress. This is notable because of the burn out that happens in the Social Work field due to lack of coping skills and self-care. In order for social workers to help others, we must first be able to establish healthy self-care behaviors that allow ourselves to cope with the stress the field brings. Social work is not for the faint of heart, but with the proper support and coping skills/strategies, we can conquer whatever the field throws our way. Folkman, S., (1997) Positive Psychological States and Coping with Severe Stress, Social Science & Medicine, vol 45, Issue 8, pg. 1207-1221 This particular article details working with people of vast difference in population. Working with people who identify as LGBT, people with HIV/Aids, and the severe stress related to being a caregiver and bereavement. This article follows a longitudinal study of the caregivers of men with Aids. It depicts how, in the course of severe negative psychological stress, there was also overwhelming “positive psychological states”. This empowering article talks about the sorrows and joys of caring for someone with Aids. The typical coping theory usually focuses on the management of distress. This article, however, describes the coping processes that are associated with positive psychological states while in the situations of intense distress. It also discusses the “theoretical implications” of positive psychological states in the coping process. This article empowers, encourages and provides hope to those who are working with caregivers and those in bereavement. The author does an excellent job of describing the diverse populations and stressors related to severe and chronic illness; particularly HIV/Aids. I found this article to be very tasteful and enlightening as it focused on the diverse and sensitive nature of the psychological states as a person experiences severe distress. This article would most benefit social workers working in the medical field or even with hospice. Examples given throughout the article warm the heart as it gives examples of hope to the hurting and help for the grieving. Packed with ample research, it is done in sensitive, thought provoking way as it brings awareness to the need for compassion for people with HIV/Aids and their caregivers.
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