PSY 352 Week 3 Stress Case Study 1 - Max is a 26-year-old...

The purpose of the case study is to give you
experience in applying course material to “real-life” situations and to examine
issues relating to Health Psychology principles.


Each case study will require at least 300 words,
and will be typed and double spaced.


Refer to Stress Case Study for details.


APA style is not required, but solid academic
writing is expected.


Submit the assignment according to the directions
provided by the instructor.


Case Study 1

Max is a 26-year-old
African American male working in an auto parts factory. His job involves a
rotating shift including both evening and weekend hours. He works on an
assembly line where he has very little control over the decisions made at the
plant concerning his day-to-day work. Max is married and has two small children
at home. He wants to be a good father and husband as well as a good employee.
He is a good caretaker of his family and his dog but he does feel financial
strain. When his car broke down last week he was unable to come up with the
money for repairs and had to rely on his wife to take him to work. Arguments
with his wife are frequent, but he also sees his wife as a good friend and caregiver
for him and his children. Max also has a large social structure involving many
good friends and family members on whom he feels he can rely on. He exercises
regularly but also eats a diet high in fat and smokes on a daily basis. The
neighborhood in which he and his family lives is high in crime and he often
feels crowded in the city.


Identify the risk and resilience factors in
Max’s life. Which factors put him at risk for stress and disease and which
buffer him against stress and help him to cope? Explain WHY each factor is a
risk or resilience factor and how it is related to stress, disease, or coping.

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