The Lifetime Effects Of Stress And Mental And Physical Health

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Stress is a phenomenon that occurs from a variety of reasons, from tests, projects or being in a relationship. Researchers Loren Toussaint, Grant Shields, Gabriel Dorn and George Slavich set out out find what the lifetime effects of stress would be on subjects in the early stages of adulthood. They predicted that greater lifetime stress and lower levels of forgiveness would lead to a decline in mental and physical health. The study consisted of 148 young adults. The results show that association between stress and mental health were lower in the subjects that were more forgiving. The data also shows that fogging styles may help reduce stress related disorders. Theorist believe that stress that occur over a lifetime can have an effect on health. …show more content…
STRAIN is an online stress assessment system that measures the individual 's lifetime exposure to 96 different types of stress ranging from acute to chronic. Questions appeared on the screen, then users were asked a series of follow-up questions. Questions included “Have you ever found out that a partner was unfaithful to you?’ and “Have you ever looked for a job for at least six months, but were unable to find a stable job?”. The questions are used to help determine psychological and physical health. The measurements ranged from 0 to 96. In addition to this measurement, 20 subscores were added that accounted for the exposure occurring across two period, early lifetime and adulthood. The categories that were questioned included housing, education, health, and possessions. The Heartland Forgiveness Scale, HFS, was used to measure forgiveness. The scale has 18 items that measure forgiveness. The scale ranged from 1, meaning “almost always false of me” to 7, meaning “almost always true of me”. The total average score ranged from 18 to 125, the higher represented a higher level of forgiveness. The method of measuring mental health symptoms was the Kessler 6, K6, which measures nonspecific psychological distress. The responses ranged from 1, “never”, to 5, “very often” and the overall score ranged from 6 to 30. The higher the score showed more distress in mental health. The last method of measurement was the Physical …show more content…
This study brought to light the importance of forgivingness, which is something I wouldn 't have accounted for. I think the researchers did a good job of providing several different method of testing stress, mental and physical health, and forgivingness. This study adds to our understanding of mental processes by showing how actions of the past can affect the future outcome. It also provided a way to reduce mental and physical health problems through forgiveness, which is proven in the

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