Stress: physiological and psychological aspects

by Dr Luca Polledri and reviewed by Dr Hannah Steer


Stress: physiological and psychological aspectsLearning outcomes:


By the end of the module, we hope you will have:


  • learned the terminology related to stress


  • understood the physiological basis of stress


  • learned the features of stressful events


  • understood the role of life events


  • understood the role of unresolved intrapsychic conflicts in the development of stress


  • learned the psychological factors that affect the individual’s response to stress


  • understood the concept of coping mechanisms


  • understood the psychological reactions to stress and the concept of resilience.


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