Outline and Evaluate Research Into Life Changes and Daily Hassles

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Outline and evaluate research into life changes and daily hassles For life changes Rahe et al. (1970) conducted an experiment to see if life changes from the SRRS scale correlated with the onset of illnesses. 2500 American sailors were given the SRRS to assess how many life changes they had in the last 6 months. Over the 6 months the health of the participants were also recorded in detail. The researchers then correlated the life changes to the illness scores given to the sailors. The researchers found that there was a positive correlation of 0.118 between the life changes and illness scores. The researchers therefore concluded that experiencing life changes increased the chance of stress related illnesses. Michael and Ben-Zur ( 2007) studied 130 participants who were divided equally into males and females so approximately 65 were men and 65 were female. Half of the individuals were divorced and the other half was widowed. The study found that widowed individuals showed a higher life satisfaction before than after, whereas the divorced group showed the opposite result. Research into life changes can be criticized for being correlation they therefore cannot imply causality, there also may be other factors to consider such as depression and chronic physical illnesses which may lead to life problems rather than be caused by the. Rahe’s study had a correlation of 0.118 which isn’t very strong as a per correlation has a correlation of 1. Rahe’s study can also be deemed as androcentric and ethnocentric. This is because the participants were all male and the study was done on only American sailors rather than different ethnicities. Daily hassles are minor events that occur in the course of the day. In a study by Bouteyre et al (2007) 223 first year psychology students at a French university answered a questionnaire based on Beck Depression Inventory and the hassles
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