Chronic minor stressors and major life events experienced by low-income patients attending primary care clinics: A longitudinal examination

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Abstract

  • Chronic minor stressors and major life events were assessed from 129 randomly selected low-income patients attending primary care medical clinics. Participants reported experiencing an average of 15 chronic minor stressors in a 12-month period. The most common chronic minor stressors were reported in the areas of finances and domestic activities. Participants also reported these stressors as the most intense. The t tests revealed that female participants reported significantly (p = .05) more chronic events than males. The most common major life events were reported in the areas of vegetative symptoms (i.e., major change in sleeping and eating habits), financial status, illness, and interpersonal relationships. The most stressful life events were changes in vegetative symptoms, family illness, and interpersonal relationships. The t tests revealed that employed participants reported significantly (p < .05) more positive life events than did unemployed participants. Implications of the findings are discussed.
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    Author List

  • Scarinci IC; Ames SC; Brantley PJ
  • Start Page

  • 143
  • End Page

  • 156
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 2