Stress Anxiety, and Health
Stress, Anxiety, and Health 2023-24
School of Psychology & Sport Science
Module - Semester 2
Topics include stress and anxiety disorders, resilience and coping, social relationships and stress, stress and personality, stress as a physiological response, stress add health outcomes, stress across the lifespan, psychological interventions, and prevention and wellbeing.
Threshold -D- to C+- The work only demonstrates knowledge of key areas/principles of stress, coping theories and stress appraisal - There is limited evidence of originality or of background study - The work contains some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure Arguments are presented but they lack coherence - The work contains factual errors with little evidence of problem solving - The are weaknesses in the standard of presentation and its accuracy
Good -B- to B+ - The work displays a sound knowledge of stress, coping theories and stress appraisal but with some limitations - There is evidence of background study - The work has a defined and logical structure but with some weaknesses in the way in the arguments are presented - There is some original interpretation of topics - The work is presented carefully with accurate information and few factual errors
Excellent -A- to A** - The work displays comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding of stress, coping theories and stress appraisal, reflecting extensive background study - The work is highly focussed, well structured, logically presented and with defended arguments - The work considers the topics in an original way - The work is presented to a high standard with accurate information and no factual errors
- Appreciate the nature and function of social support and how it influences stress appraisal, coping response and illness outcomes.
- Critically evaluate and synthesise coping theories, definitions and understand the distinction between coping styles and coping strategies.
- Critically evaluate theories of acute and chronic stress and demonstrate an understanding of the links between stress and illness (physical or psychological).
- Demonstrate an understanding of stress and coping as a transaction between the individual and environment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the link between interpretation and emotional expression and its influence on stress appraisal, coping response and illness outcomes (physical and psychological).
Written Assignment Students will choose one of three essay questions (word limit 2000 words) and will need to demonstrate knowledge of the chosen topic and be able to show background reading and good interpretation of the research literature. Students should have a central argument upon which the essay is focussed and adopt a critical approach to the literature. Essay questions will be provided to students in week 2 – students are advised to start working early on this assessment
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
The final exam will consist of 4 short answer questions covering all lecture topics. This assessment will be held during the Semester 2 exam period.