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Choice--Career Stress Publications

Objective:  The purpose of this assignment is to predict stressors in your chosen field/work or in occupations in general.

Directions:  In This choice assignment you are to find two articles  (journal article, book section, internet article, etc.) concerning stress/stressors that you are likely to encounter in your chosen field. 

You are to use a library search such as in Blackboard (under "Resources" bar; using Search Engine, "Research" articles) OR  PsychINFO for a professional psychology/ mental health journal research article. (See "Course Documents," "Library Usage Directions...").  Many of the articles are "full-text" and can be printed right from the internet.  Others may be available in Langsam Library located on U.C.'s West Campus or Health Sciences Library located on U.C.'s East Campus.

Suggestion:  If you have problems finding material under "stress," try the term "burnout."  If you are using any computer search (library or internet), try using "stress" (or "burnout") and the career area in the search box.  For example-- "burnout and social work".  You may also try two "Subjects" such as "work" and "stress".

If one of  of these sources was not a professional library journal research article find one that is.  (You may look in Blackboard under "Resources") or book.  After finding the articles/sections you are to:

1. (a) Summarize the Article 1 in your own words, (b) Summarize the Article 2 in your own words

2. (a) look in your text and LIST which stress management technique(s) might be most useful for combating the stressor(s) mentioned in the articles, 

(b) describe the technique(s) and give reasons why you think these would be most useful in your particular career

3. write an APA-style bibliography for the source.

4. attach a copy of the articles/printouts to the back of the assignment with the relevant material "highlighted" (In-class ONLY)


If your second article is:

**Send Dr. G. the summaries and the APA-format bibliography entries only. Keep the printouts for future use or submit if Dr. G. requests them.

Choice--Stress Interview

Objective:  The purpose of this assignment is to predict stressors in your chosen field/work or in occupations in general.

Career Professional  Interview & Publication

Directions: In this assignment you are to interview a professional whose full-time job is working in the profession to determine the types of stressors encountered in her/his job and to categorize each type of stressor.

For this assignment you must:

a. Find one research article (journal article, book section, internet article, etc.) concerning stress/stressors that you are likely to encounter in your chosen field. 

b.  design an interview form with questions you are to ask the professional which is, at least in part, based on the information in the article. 

c. interview the professional

After the interview:

1. write an essay, summarizing the types of stressors encountered by the professional and compare the professional's responses with the stressors mentioned in your publication.

2. write an APA-style bibliography for the source.

3. attach a copy of the interview questions AND the interviewee's responses to the back of the assignment along with a copy of the articles with the relevant material used for the interview questions "highlighted" in the article.

Choice--Stress Essays

Assignment: The textbook chapter material is written to give a general description of concepts and topics focusing on understanding stress and stress management. You will be required to complete the required number of essays. You may skip some questions to include others, but have them numbered and in order for the final draft. Staple the essays in order and attach a copy of the "Textbook Research & Essays Grading Sheet" (click on the box above) to the front of the "packet."


Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the use of ideas or works created by another person with the intent of claiming those ideas or works as your own. Claiming another personís work is highly unethical and can also be illegal. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in your assignments for this course. Penalties for plagiarism are listed in your course syllabus. Forms of plagiarism include:

One of the best ways to avoid plagiarism is to read the original material in its entirety. Put it face down. In your own words, summarize what you have just read. If you are unsure whether or not your are plagiarizing material, bring the original material, and the summary that you have written, to your instructor for review. Please do this well in advance of the date for the assignment.

The Essays -- Choose five out of the six

1. (a) Type an essay (complete sentences, paragraphs, etc.) interpreting the following quote by Rene Dubos: "Modern man has retained many physiological and mental attributes ill-suited to civilized life, just as he has retained useless anatomical vestiges from his evolutionary past. As a result, he must meet the challenges of today with biological equipment largely anachronistic. Many forms of organic and mental disease originate from the responses that man's Paleolithic nature makes to the condition of modern life." AND (b) relate this to the material in the chapter. (Ch. 1, and "Fight or Flight Response" by R.J. Allen (Blackboard, Course Documents, Stress Readings & Resources, Table 2 Selected Readings).

2. Blackboard, Course Documents, Stress Readings and Resources, Table 3, "Transactional View of Stress" link.

Answer the following questions: The story described by Meichenbaum represents the "Transactional View of Stress." (a.) List three causes of Meichenbaum's stress. // (b.) Write a definition of what you think is meant by transactional view of stress, and // (c) use examples from the story to back up your statements in (a).

3. (a.) "When is a "B" better than an "A"?" is the title of Chapter 14.  Describe, in detail, what is meant by this question/title. (b.) Describe in detail how an "A" can become a "B" without losing the essence of an "A". (Ch. 14)

4. (a) Using Charlesworth as a basis, compare Assertive, Aggressive, and Passive behaviors in your own words.  (b) Use a single example/situation that can illustrate the comparison among these three behaviors. (Ch. 18)

5. (Click this link for the assessment titled "The Stress Test")

Answer the following questions:  (a)  What is the basis for the assignment of  "stress points" in The Stress Test ? ///  (b). Compare and contrast (tell similarities and differences) between The Stress Test above with the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) in the Charlesworth text (pages 178-181). (Notice the dates of publication between the two scales.) /// (c)  Why are "positive" events considered stressful in the SRRS? ///(d)  List events under each category that could/should be added to the ones included in the SRSS and assign appropriate "stress points" to each event.

 6. "Men are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them." (Epictetus, century B.C.)  How is this illustrated in the article, "Sharpening Mental Skills" by C. White (Blackboard, Course Documents, Stress Readings & Resources, Table 2 Selected Readings)

Choice--Stress Research

The purpose of this exercise is to identify your learning goals, write reaction papers to various readings, and assess your learning progress.  You will demonstrate your ability to conduct a computerized psychological library search, evaluate your sources, and write a research paper with citations and a bibliography. This will help to develop your research, analytic, and evaluative skills.

In addition to the undergraduate work required in the course, you must also complete the assignment below.

I.                 Annotated Bibliography Paper --Due the last day of classes.

Choose a topic dealing with a concept concerning stress theory or stress management that you would like to explore in more depth than is normally possible during class. It should not be "how to do it" type question, but instead should focus on a concept in the text or from other reputable sources.  Choose a topic narrow enough that you will be able to find answers to questions you may have, but not so narrow that you have difficulty finding articles on the topic. Read as widely as you can from the professional literature on your topic. Annotations from a minimum of three (3) articles or chapters is required. 

The title of your paper should reveal the topic you chose, and your paper should consist of two sections, each having the following components:

Section 1: Annotation, Reactions Comparisons 

For this section, EACH article should have the following:

1.      APA bibliographic citation

2.      Summary (one half page)

3.      Reaction (one half page)

Section 2: Reflections

Section 2 should focus on:

1.      Summarize what you know about the topic after having read these articles.

2.      What did you learn about the topic? In other words, was this new information for you? Or did it just confirm what you already knew? Was it a fruitful search, or dead end? Implications?

3.      What did you learn about your learning process? Metacognitively, look at yourself as a learner. Discuss the process by which you increased your knowledge about your topic.

4.      Where will you go with this topic now--are you satisfied with what you know about the topic for now, or do you feel there are still missing links in your understanding?

II. Annotated Bibliography Paper #2--Due the last day of classes.

This paper follows the same format as Annotated Bibliography Paper Number 1, described above, be with a different topic.

My criteria for evaluation of Annotated Bibliography Papers include:

        Quality and quantity of the articles and chapters.

        Inclusion of articles which discuss the knowledge base 

        Insight and depth of thinking demonstrated

        Connections of the ideas among the authors, including Charlesworh, if appropriate

        Writing and mechanical aspects (APA)