Learning Objectives

16.1 Define stress, provide four examples of sources of stress, and explain why each is considered a stressor.
16.2 Discuss the connection between prolonged stress and a person’s physical and psychological health by providing three examples of each.
16.3 Identify and describe the three coping strategies for controlling or reducing stress and explain the process of cognitive reappraisal when treating stressful experiences.
16.4 Describe why psychologists believe lifestyle choices can curb or mitigate susceptibility to psychological disorders, and provide four examples of activities that can have a substantial positive impact on physical and psychological health.
16.5 For the major sections of the chapter, summarize how people experience and deal with stress.