Coursework Sample Paper on Physical and Mental Illness and Family Stress

  1. Brief summary of the stressful event, transition related to the individual or family:

Try pulling out the main idea, key details or facts and different perspectives from the whole chapter.

Several stressful events have been discussed in this chapter, which results from both mental and physical illness. The event that is first highlighted is of the two children diagnosed with the chronic diseases. This tends to cause stress due to their mental illness. The evidence shows that stress due to mental illness is high in young as compared to adults.

The transition from this situation is more sensitive in children as most end up with lifetime stress in future. The effect is mostly felt in children since they grow up finding themselves not able to act and do what others of their age do. Children who have such a condition may not be able to perform some activities as compared to the normal ones.  The prevalent of stress in children with mental illness could be related to the less ability to manage and handle the stress among them(Price, Price, & McKenry, 2010). The rate is low in aging adults because of having mechanisms to handle the situations and understanding the treatments they receive. The mental illness is a problem that affects even adults as explained by Dina’s mother who is suffering from both mental and physical illness.

  1. 3 points of interest from the chapter:

Several parts on mental illness are interesting. This includes the differences of the effects of mental illness in adults and young ones.


  • Mental illness in young people is likely to result to stress more than it is expected in adults. This is a very unique because stress is most common in old people who are commonly affected by the problem of mental illness.
  • The research on mental illness and stress also indicates that female patients suffering from mental stress tend to survive longer than the male counterparts do. The explanation further details that their spouses mostly abandon female partners suffering from mental illness. While male spouses in the same situation receives more care and receive less stress from the illness by their female caregivers.
  • Enduring stress during mental illness requires enough emotional support from either spouses or siblings. This common phenomenon is experienced even in real world in almost every society.
III.   2 ideas of support, coping strategies, resources, intervention:

Perception, resources and coping needs some adaptive behaviors that has to link between caring of the aging parents and the stress e caregivers receive in the process. The young caregivers are likely to be easily stressed up therefore need for resources that relates to social support that can help in relieving the stress. Initiating any form of support, resources, intervention, or coping mechanism requires an understanding of the illness. Those who are mandated with providing those who are affected with support require a clear understanding of the conditions of those who are affected.

Those with such a condition need special care from care givers and this can only be achieved if they access resources and opportunities(Killaspy, 2009).Caregivers are also pointed to be most likely to receive negative outcomes due to guilt and having less personal leisure time.

Another issue that relates to the support is when caregivers are stressed due to reduced amount of time they have for their families and marriage relationship. They have to spent a lot of time providing special care for people with such conditions as compared to when caring for the normal ones. The patient might need support but the caregiver imagines of the time they need with their spouses at the same time. This is a normal psychological process that links to the society and therefore less remains to blame.

It has been highlighted that caregivers reports high levels of burdens that results to increased depression, health symptoms and increased mortality. The results of such challenges are related to the restriction of normal activities in life and health symptoms.

  1. Education: video, or book

Find a great resource (whether it is a video or a book you find online) that can benefit this type of family with problems they might encounter in their life.





Killaspy, H. (2009). Enabling recovery for people with complex mental health needs.


Price, S. J., Price, C. A., & McKenry, P. C. (2010). Families & change: Coping with stressful events and transitions. Los Angeles: SAGE.