You are here

Perceptions of Stressful Life Events as Turning Points Are Associated with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress

Title: Perceptions of Stressful Life Events as Turning Points Are Associated with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress.
209 views
96 downloads
Name(s): Sutin, Angelina, author
Costa, Paul, author
Wethington, Elaine, author
Eaton, William W., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2010
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: We test the hypothesis that changes in physical and psychological health are associated with construals of stressful life events. At two points in time, approximately 10 years apart, participants (n=1038) rated their physical health and psychological distress. At the second assessment, participants also reported their most stressful life event since the first assessment and indicated whether they considered the event a turning point and/or lesson learned. Lower self-ratings of health and higher ratings of psychological distress, controlling for baseline health and distress, and relevant demographic factors, were associated with perceiving the stressful life event as a turning point, particularly a negative turning point. The two health measures were primarily unrelated to lessons learned. How individuals construe the most stressful events in their lives are associated with changes in self-rated health and distress.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0024 (IID), 10.1080/10615800903552015 (DOI)
Keywords: turning points, lesson learned, life story, physical health, psychological distress, stressful life event
Uncontrolled subjects: Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Baltimore, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Health Status, Humans, Life Change Events, Male, Middle Aged, Perception, Self Report, Stress, Psychological
Note: Published in final edited form as: Anxiety Stress Coping. 2010 October ; 23(5): 479–492. doi:10.1080/10615800903552015
Citation: Sutin AR, Costa PT Jr, Wethington E, & Eaton W. (2010). Perceptions of stressful life events as turning points are associated with self-rated health and psychological distress. Anxiety Stress Coping, 23(5):479-92.
Subject(s): Human behavior
Medical sciences
Psychiatry
Psychology
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615800903552015
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_mhs-0024
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Anxiety Stress Coping.
Issue: 5, 23

Choose the citation style.
Sutin, A., Costa, P., Wethington, E., & Eaton, W. W. (2010). Perceptions of Stressful Life Events as Turning Points Are Associated with Self-Rated Health and Psychological Distress. Anxiety Stress Coping. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615800903552015