College Stress Log Entry and Analysis

This is a two-part assignment (turn in a copy of both the log and the paper)

Part 1: Stress log

Students will record routine and unique stressors encountered during 1 week (7 days).  For example, driving to school/work each morning through heavy rush hour traffic is routine, but getting a flat tire is (one hopes) unique.  Next, record your psychological and emotional reactions to these stressors, how you responded physically to the stressors (physiological stress response), and how you coped with each stressor (use of interventions).

  • Each log should have roughly five lines per entry: 1. unique or routine stressor 2. physiological, 3. emotional, 4. behavioral responses, 5. coping methods employed./to be employed
  • Be detailed in your listings in your log, It will help you when you write the paper

Part 2: Formal Scholarly Paper and Analysis

After recording entries for 7 days, analyze your entries, identifying patterns of stressors, responses, and coping methods. Discuss the patterns you observe, and include methods that could have been employed to cope more effectively with the identified stressors, including use of appropriate university and community resources. Also related to journal research.  A 3 – 5 page paper analysis (min. 3 pgs) about your log will be submitted. In the paper itself, avoid writing about specific situations, write more about themes, overall issues, styles of anger, conflict management, personality, etc.

Students are required to cite at least TWO (2) primary sources (i.e. academic journal articles, etc.) in the paper (APA Style).

Criteria for evaluation of the paper include:
1) content
2) organization/structure
3) integration of relevant theory and class materials
4) writing clarity
5) originality

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