Can ancient and modern stressors be distinguished? A mixed-methods exploration of psychosocial characteristics and health symptoms in young and older adults

Vangelis Katsampouris, Julie Turner-Cobb, Rachel Arnold, Julie Barnett

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Abstract

A novel conceptualisation of stress includes a distinction between ancient (AS) and modern stressors (MS); the notion that established adaptive psychophysiological coping processes may enable individuals to better withstand AS than MS. Two consecutive mixed-methods studies assessed the feasibility of distinguishing between AS and MS in young and older adults, using questionnaires and interviews. MS were positively associated with cold symptoms in older adults; and five psychosocial characteristics were identified to profile AS and MS along a continuum. An evolutionary distinction between AS and MS provides an important psychological dimension in better understanding and assessing stress-health processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-636
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume27
Issue number3
Early online date15 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

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The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

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Keywords

  • ancient
  • emotions
  • health
  • modern
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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