PSY452 Grand Canyon University Stress Increase & Health Decrease Paper

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For this assignment, again, it is beneficial that you keep the topic you would like to research for the capstone proposal in mind. The capstone will require a literature review for your proposal, of which you may use articles obtained during this course.

Topic: Increase in stress leads to decrease in health.

Select a peer-reviewed, experimental research study which exemplifies a two-group design and a factorial design (use keywords method, results, and discussion in your Boolean search). These studies can be found using tools such as the GCU Library and Google Scholar.

Write a 500-750-word paper in which you:

  1. Compare the two research designs
  2. Identify the independent variable (s), dependent variable, and any possible extraneous variable
  3. Identify main effects and interactions for the factorial design
  4. Explain if the study have a random sample and/or random assignment? Were there other limitations that were noticed?

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Title: Stress and health
1. Introduction
2. Body
a) Comparing the two research designs
b) Independent variable and the dependent variable
c) Main effects and interactions for the factorial design
3. Conclusion
4. References

Running Head: STRESS


Stress and health
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Effects of Increase in stress on health.

Stress is a mental adaptation of the body which allows a person to react to the immediate
environment. The body has a peculiar way of responding to stressful context by unique a reaction
basically categorized into 3 phases (alarm, resistance, exhaustion). The general adaptation was
discovered by Hans Selye in 1935. If the stress settles in the duration, in all cases our ability to
react is altered, our body exhausts itself and appears various pathological consequences. As a
result of a stressful situation where you have to fight or flee, the body reacts biologically in 2
steps. Stress is becoming a critical issue among many people today culmination to related health
problems in the society. This has become an issue that requires paramount attention owing the
increased rate of cases reported. There is no contract on a common meaning of stress since
researchers use various definitions to define it. There are some who use external stimuli, such as
shocking accident while others base their definition on internal stimuli factors such as sadness,
anxiety and grief to define it (Batırhan, Ercan & Alican, 2015).
The purpose of this paper is to review the relationship between increase in stress and decrease in

Comparing the two research designs

The health factor among people has reduced and this has been related to the increase in
stress levels among the people. Stress has been found to be a depended factor that affects health.
Stress is no longer a predator but a factor that persists, which regularly affects health, the
activation of the body functions to continue. Stress leads to secretion of hormones such as
cortisol, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin which dictate a person health. However, the first



effects of stress are beneficial but become harmful when the stress becomes chronic. Indeed,
cortisol is responsible for an increase in protein degradation; to produce energy substrates, the
body that has exhausted its reserves of sugars and lipids, attacks its own structures (Divin &
Hale, 2010).
Health on th...

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