# stress exposure model

Testing the hypothesis as to whether exposure to daily hassles would increase negative emotions and decrease positive emotions. This is according to the stress exposure model which states that exposure to stressors usually leads to emotional reactions. To analyze this hypothesis my classmates and I were involved in a daily diary surveys for seven days. The surveys consisted of twenty five daily hassles which was followed by ten positive and negative emotions. These surveys were supposed to show the type of positive and negative emotions and challenges that we experienced in a day. The survey was to be filled every day in the evenings and later the date to be analyzed.

After the conclusion of the seven day survey the results were analyzed from my personal diary. I had recorded the numbers of challenges and the severity of positive and negative emotions that I experienced. There was a positive correlation between hassle and negative emotion which was 0.438. When the number of hassles was highest the number of negative emotion was 11. This means that as the number of hassles went up, so did the negative emotions. The correlation between threat and change in emotion had a small though positive value (-0.556) which indicates a negative correlation. This means as the number of hassles increased the number of negative emotions felt the next day decreased.  When I experienced a negative emotion on one day even if the number of hassles remained the same the level of negative emotions decreased the next day.

Correlation between hassles and positive emotion had a -0.619. This means that as the number of hassles increased the number of positive emotions went down which means they have a negative correlation. The correlation between the threat and change in positive emotion 0.272. This shows a positive correlation because as the number of hassles increased, the number of positive emotions increased the next day. The results shows that as the number of hassles increased the number of positive emotions went up the following day. However as the number of hassles increased there was an increase the level of positive emotions went higher than the previous day which indicates that the change had a positive correlation.

The results helped realize that when someone experiences many hassles through some days the number of negative emotions go on decreasing while the positive emotions do increase. The results helped me realize that I can tackle stressful situations better than I thought. When one is constantly stressed the number of negative emotions keep on reducing as days go by. When there are more challenges the number of positive emotions can decrease but they will change positively as days go by. When one wants to know the level of threat they are facing in terms of stress they could use this survey because it proved to be very helpful to me.