Psychology of Stress and Health|
Spring 2019 not offered
There has been an increasing interest in understanding the relationship between stress and health. This seminar will provide students with an overview of this relationship and the many types of research being conducted. Some of the broader topics of this class are understanding the basics of health psychology, knowing what stress is according to the biopsychosocial model, describing various methods for studying stress and health, and identifying factors underlying health habits and lifestyles. Additionally, students will look at positive health outcomes and gender and cultural differences in stress and health. Finally, various health issues (e.g., cancer, sleep behaviors, pain, and exercise) will be discussed.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Selected book chapters from:
Sapolsky, R. (2004). WHY ZEBRAS DON'T GET ULCERS: AN UPDATED GUIDE TO STRESS, STRESS-RELATED DISEASES, AND COPING. New York: Freeman and Co.
Sample of empirical articles:
Brack, A. B., Kesitilwe, K., & Ware, M. E. (2010). Taking the pulse of undergraduate health psychology: A nationwide survey. TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY, 37, 271-275.
Keller, A., Litzelman, K., Wisk, L. E., Maddox, T., Cheng, E. R., Creswell, P. D., Witt, W. D. (2012). Does the perception that stress affects health matter? The association with health and mortality. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 31(5), 677-684.
Chen, E., & Miller, G. E. (2012). "Shift-and-persist" strategies: Why low socioeconomic status isn't always bad for health. PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 7(2), 135-158.
Dehue, F., Bolman, C., Vollink, T., & Pouwelse, M. (2012). Coping with bullying at work and health related problems. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STRESS MANAGEMENT, 19(3), 175-197.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be individual presentations for a number of stress and health issues, several short article reviews from assigned stress and health issues, and a final paper (i.e., a literature review).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Interested students should email the professor about why they are interested in taking this course. Students should also provide stress and/or health topics they would be most interested in studying. Additionally, students should list: their major and year in school, which psychology classes they have already taken, and which psychology classes they are taking in the spring semester.