A Correlational study to investigate the relationship between stress and physical illness | | | | | | | |
Life transitions and stress
The assignment aim is to investigate the relationship between stress and physical illness, stress is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. It can be a difficult term to define; it is both a psychological and physiological response to the environment.
The research study carried out by Holmes and Rahe (1967), used the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) and believed that the degree of stress was related to both physical and psychological illness. People who have symptoms of being ill follow a period of stress, and the greater the stress the more serious the nature of the illness will be. They surveyed more than 5,000 medical patients and asked them to say whether they had experience any of a series of 43 life events in the previous two years.
The alternative hypothesis:
There will be a positive correlation between stress and physical illness will be found
The Null hypothesis:
There will not be a positive correlation between stress and physical illness and the result will be due to chance
The design for this research is a positive correlation study based on two questionnaires; Stress questionnaire (see appendix I) and a physical illness (see appendix II) questionnaire to produce quantitative data.
Stress is the amount of time it takes to recover from an event, this is adapted based on Holmes and Rhayes (SRRS) ideas of stress.
The British psychology society code of ethics and conduct was followed and all participants were provided with guidelines of codes of conducts to ensure the research study is fully protected from any harm it may cause people. Participates were given a Participants:
The study was carried out from adult students attending