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ANALYSE THE IMPACT OF CRITICAL LIFE EVENTS IN ADULTHOOD There are so many life events that will effect people throughout their lives From the list of social readjustment rating conducted by Holmes and Rahe in 1967 I have picked the following to analyse marriage gain of a new family member divorce and death of a spouse I will attempt to incorporate all of these into a free flowing essay The majority of people in their adult lives may have to adjust to these From the list the following life event score the following points Death of spouse 100 points divorce 73 points marriage 50 points and new family member 39 points The highest score is 100 points so in my essay I aim to analyse some from the top of the list to ones in the middle of the list The social readjustment scale was the earliest attempt to look at the way life events have an impact on some psychological illness and disorders The scale consists of 43 life we events that some times appear to come before illness The score is out of 100 and this is called the life change unit this will be the value given to the stress brought on by the event No matter which event we experience Hobson 1981 believes following a life event we will go through seven periods of transition Theses consist of Immobilisation - this being a state of shock we will go through Reaction - this being a period of despair Self-doubt - this being an altering mood between anger and apathy Letting go - this is when we accept the reality and then let go and move on Testing - is the new period in which we attempt to adjust Search for meaning -this is an attempt to try and learn from the event and finally integration - this being
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