Ch 12: Stress in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Stress in Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the causes and effects of stress and theories of stress in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Stress in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Sources of stress, stress effects and reactions Main causes, eustress, distress, general adaptation syndrome, chronic stress, weaker immune system, HPA-axis
Tuesday Type A personality style Impatient, competitive, driven, stress-related health problems
Wednesday Type B personality style Disorganized, creative, steady pace, easy-going
Thursday Richard Lazarus' appraisal theory of stress Behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, transactional theory, primary and secondary appraisal
Friday Positive psychology and cognitive and behavioral strategies Improving health, optimism, self-efficacy, happiness, meaningful activity, Martin Seligman, self-talk

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Stress in Psychology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

1. Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

Most people have to deal with stress on a regular basis. But do you know what it's really doing to your body? Learn more about the reasons behind feeling stressed as well as common strategies to not let the stress get to you.

Physiological & Psychological Reactions to Stress

2. Physiological & Psychological Reactions to Stress

While you probably know what stress is, you may not be aware of what it can do to you. In this lesson, we look at physical and psychological reactions to stress.

Psychology Research on Type A & Type B Personalities

3. Psychology Research on Type A & Type B Personalities

What makes a person who they are? And can your personality affect your health? In this lesson, we'll examine two common personalities - type A and type B - and how they are linked with stress and with a person's health.

Richard Lazarus's Theory of Stress Appraisal

4. Richard Lazarus's Theory of Stress Appraisal

How can something make one person really, really stressed, and not bother someone else at all? In this lesson, we'll examine Richard Lazarus's appraisal theory of stress, including primary and secondary appraisals.

Cognitive Strategies for Dealing with Stress

5. Cognitive Strategies for Dealing with Stress

In this lesson, we'll learn some cognitive strategies for dealing with stress. This involves dealing with stress in a different manner, but allows us to be more proactive about it.

Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

6. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see it half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.

Behavioral Strategies for Dealing with Stress

7. Behavioral Strategies for Dealing with Stress

Everyone has varying levels of stress, but being able to handle that stress can really make a difference. In this lesson, we look at behavioral strategies for dealing with stress.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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