Stress, Health and Illness

To prepare for this discussion, please read  Chapter 13: Social Psychology, Stress, and Health  of your textbook and read the  Stress, Health and Illness: Four Challenges For the Future and the Life Stress (Links to an external site.)  and the  Life Stress and Health: A Review of Conceptual Issues and Recent Findings (Links to an external site.)  articles. Also, watch the  Achieving a State of Optimal Health: Stress and the Health Realization Model—American Academy of Pediatrics: Reaching Teens   (Links to an external site.) video.

In this discussion, you will consider social psychological variables that affect health. Note that you must utilize at least one relevant scholarly source in addition to your textbook for this discussion.

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· Interpret the relevance of one or more social variables that influence health (e.g., social support, hope, choice, etc.) in your own life.

Also, in your discussion,

· Examine situational factors that play a role on health.

· Discuss social and cultural variables that may influence health.

· Appraise relevant theory and research to support your analysis.

To fully demonstrate content knowledge and critical thinking,

· Interpret course concepts explicitly, applying them to your personal experiences/observations, and cite the required readings as appropriate.

· Be thorough and specific, structuring your work intentionally (with an introductory and concluding sentence or two), providing clear context, and concisely and precisely explaining relevant course concepts.

· Use personal examples to illustrate as appropriate, but do be sure to provide an objective analysis too, referencing required materials and using additional sources as needed to support your insight.

· Use your own  Academic Voice  (Links to an external site.)  and apply in-text citations appropriately throughout your post.

· Review  APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)  for more information.

· Your original post should be a minimum of 300 words.

Peer Responses: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least three of your peers in a minimum of 300 words (each reply), by Day 7 (Monday).

· Provide alternative advice to your peer for managing his/her health.

· Identify concepts from previous chapters that might be relevant for changing your peer’s unhealthy behavior or mental processes.

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