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Stress/Distress
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Construct Name: Stress/Distress
Definition of Construct: the sum of physical and mental responses to an unacceptable disparity between real or imagined personal experience and personal expectations.

Psychological Distress: The end result of factors–eg, psychogenic pain, internal conflicts, and external stress that prevent a person from self-actualization and connecting with 'significant others'.
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  • Cancer
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Occupational Health
  • Stress
  • Transplant
Theoretical Foundation: The Transactional Model of Stress and Coping defines demands from an individual’s internal or external environment as “stressors”, which have the potential to create distress in this individual’s life. This model also posits that the extent of the effect on an individual will be largely determined by her/his appraisal of the stressor and the coping resources (social or cultural) available at the time. (Lazarus, R. (1966). Psychological stress and the coping process. New York, NY, US: McGraw-Hill.)
Similar Constructs: Unmet needs, Adjustment process, Post-Traumatic Stress , Proactive Coping, Resilience
Keywords: stress, distress, EHR Candidate
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(Last Updated: 10/12/2015 11:49:26 AM by Amanda Crandall)

     

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