Using evidence, write an essay showing how stress is influenced at the levels of the individual, family, locality and society. Choose one intervention at one of the levels and say why you think it could be effective in tackling the problem.
Stress is the result of varying demands on our individual resources, caused by factors present in our lives. Examples from chapters three, five and seven will be used to discuss and explain how individual, family, locality or society levels can influence stress. Every person reacts differently to stress depending on their individual characteristics.
Stress can be a very individual reaction and can be influenced by genetic disposition, low self esteem or lack of stress prevention measures. In Karim’s example, his individual psychological response of avoiding the initial doctor’s heath advice is responsible for his second attack, which then compounded the situation causing additional stress. If he would have heeded the initial advice he may have avoided the second attack. In Juliet’s example, she comforted her stress with food which then caused her more stress after putting on more weight. This very individual approach to deal with stress actually made it worse. An individual’s character, personality, aptitudes, etc, can influence response to stress. In Steve’s case his own beliefs and habits are contributing significantly towards his stress, especially his perfectionist behavior and he cannot settle for second best which is causing him to work more and for longer hours at office and at home doing DIY himself. To understand how the stress can be influenced beyond the individual level it will be interesting to look at the contribution from the people around them.
Here we focus on the family, or kin, of the individual. The family can affect the individual’s socialization, behavior, values, and outlooks that are learned in the family setting. Margery’s husband’s death is very stressful for her. On social occasions
References: Finlay, L., Pearson, C. and Ram S. (2005) Understanding health, Milton Keynes, The Open University Task 2 Write no more than 200 words in total for this task, which covers the past, present and future. 1 Past: give at least one example of a way in which your learning skills have improved during this course. 2 Present: give at least one example of strength and at least one example of a weakness in your learning skills. 3 Future: give at least one example of a way in which you could improve a specific learning skill in future. I think during this course I learned how to improve my academic writing skills and I found section 4.5 helpful. The tutor’s comments and tutorials were a great help to gain knowledge of how to understand the assignment questions, breaking them into sections and emphasizing the main points. My essay writing skills are much improved in structure, flow of paragraphs and how to prove my argument with evidence. I learned how to use examples from the course book as evidence and am better at finding relevant examples. I felt quite confident to relate back to the previous chapters for the examples and evidence for the ECA task. I struggle to equally divide my study hours weekly. Some weeks I cannot study and then I need to spend more time in other weeks and struggle with it. I might need to discuss my time management technique with my tutor in next course and ask for advice. I need to learn how to use low quality time when I cannot concentrate properly. I would a good idea to discuss some alternatives and agree with them before I start my next course and try to follow them strictly. (195 words)