Psy 210 Final Project: Case Study

Final Project: Case Study
Axia College

1. What are the causes of stress in Jennifer’s life? How is stress affecting Jennifer’s health?

Critical life changes, either pleasant or not may cause stress, particularly if the change requires major life changes and in this case, Jennifer is experiencing both. Jennifer recently married Antonio an Italian engineer currently they live together in Nebraska, Jennifer commutes an hour each way to her work. Marriage and moving can be exciting changes; however, they both need adjustments and can cause stress. Jennifer now has a much longer commute, which can help to aid stress.
Jennifer and Antonio have been trying now for over a year to start a new family. Jennifer miscarried in her first trimester only eight months earlier. Just before she lost her mother. Along with all of this she has had to put her father in a nursing home ageist his wish, she is facing pressure from her in-laws about starting a family, and she has a great deal of responsibility at work. The stress is starting to affect Jennifer’s health and she is experiencing headaches, backaches, and indigestion.
2. How are these stressors impacting Jennifer’s self-concept and self-esteem?

There are many different types of self-concept, which includes physical self and personal self, self-concept is learned, and reflects ones thinking about him or herself as a whole. It includes things such as justice, competence, strengths, mass, and appearance.
Self-esteem is an individual’s overall sense of self worth, develops throughout our lives and the knowledge we gain with all different kinds of actions and people. The self-concept has a key impact on ones self-esteem and peaks during childhood, drops during adolescence, only to rise gradually throughout adulthood, and decline in older age.
Any changes in physical, emotional, sexual, and familial and health can affect our self-concept and self-esteem, like in Jennifer’s case. The blow of these stressor are...