The following examples stem from a large body of research on a variety of stressful negative life events. Starting with disasters, we brie"y characterize the impact of natural and man-made disasters on individuals and communities and will present some "ndings regarding their health-hazard potential. Further, we move on to more individual events that are characterized by personal harm and loss, such as conjugal bereavement and criminal victimization. Finally, we discuss studies regarding the health of immigrants and refugees in Western countries. In recent years, with a continuously growing number of worldwide refugees, sojourners, and immigrants, there are increased efforts to investigate the impact of migration and acculturation on health.
The relationship between stressful life events and the individual's response is indirect in that it is mediated by the perception and evaluation of the disaster impact on the individual as well as the community level. As shown in the empirical data, attempts to examine psychological and physiological correlates of disastrous traumatic events need to allow for short-term as well as long-term analyses of the effects to cover full symptomatology.
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It seems like you hear it all the time from nearly every one you know I'm SO stressed out!? Pressures abound in this world today. Those pressures cause stress and anxiety, and often we are ill-equipped to deal with those stressors that trigger anxiety and other feelings that can make us sick. Literally, sick.