3 credit hours, offered annually
This course examines the definition, measurement, and epidemiology of stressful life events. Consideration is given to the coping strategies and resources used by individuals who are confronted with stressful events (e.g., chronic illness and impairment, death of spouse, financial hardships). An emphasis is placed on the impact of life stressors on alcohol and drug use, mental disorders, physical health problems, and the utilization of health care services. Special topics include gender as well as racial and ethnic differences in the stress process. An emphasis is also placed on linking emerging models of the stress process with efforts to develop intervention programs.
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