Sport Psychology UBC 231:
Stress & Coping Case Study Assignment Details
-Use Lazarus’s stress, coping, and emotion transactional model to describe and explain the following case study.
-Be sure to label each aspect of the model and describe the process while highlighting the interrelationships between stress, coping, and emotions.
-What strategies from a stress, coping, and emotion perspective would you recommend to help Betty?
Betty is a 82 year old former high school principal. She is retired and has still been able to maintain her active lifestyle. She enjoys participating in all sorts of activities, and a few years ago she started the ‘Golden Grannies’ club that meets weekly for group outdoor activities, such as hiking, golfing, and swimming. Lately, Betty has been noticing that she has been a little bit slower when participating in these activities, and has been experiencing pain in her right hip. A visit to the doctor revealed that she is suffering from osteoarthritis but it is still in the very early stages. The doctor recommended a hip re-surfacing rather than hip replacement, as Betty is very healthy and fit for her age. Betty agreed that this was a good option as general movements were getting a little more painful, and Betty thought it better to have the hip re-surfaced now rather than replaced later. In addition, Betty considered herself to be quite fit. In her earlier years, she had always taken care of herself and decided she could make a go of getting back to being at her fitness level from the previous year. Betty takes the operation in stride and following this she engages in a rehab program. She feels very enthusiastic and works hard, completing all the exercises that the physio tells her to do in her own time and eats healthy. Six months later Betty is better than ever, feeling fit and enjoying her outings with the ‘Golden Grannies’. While walking her dog one winter’s morning, Betty suffers a fall and factures her hip. During rehab she is finding the whole process a lot more painful than when she had her hip resurface and cannot perform the rehab tasks to the same level as she did previously. Betty is growing increasingly frustrated as she feels that her reputation as a healthy and fit senior is long gone. She perceived people ‘feel sorry for her’ and feels angry that she can hardly go to the bathroom without the assistance of her partner. In addition, the rehab seems to be taking a lot longer than last time and to make matters worse, Betty receives a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Betty lies in bed thinking about her health and worrying that she won’t be able to get back with the ‘Grannies’ as she feels that this fall is the start of many more to come. In rehab, the physio therapists notice that Betty is more difficult to work with than last time, often cursing and breaking down in tears when she cannot complete the activities, even though she is doing well for someone recovering from a hip fracture. When the rehab period is over, the doctor is surprised to find out that Betty is not carrying on with any physical activity that the physios recommended and her husband says that she won’t even set foot outside during Winter in case she falls again. Betty has also stopped going on outings with the ‘Golden Grannies’.