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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2072-7593

ISSN (online): 2311-7036

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/exppsy

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Inter- and intraindividual approaches to study functional and somatic reactionsof individuals

Rasskazova E.I., Ph.D. in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Neuro- and Pathopsyhology, Department of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e.i.rasskazova@gmail.com
Abstract
Paper is devoted to comparisons of inter- and intra-individual approaches to study functional and somatic reactions of individuals to subjective stress in the normative sample. Adult participants (N=79) appraised stress level, experienced somatic symptoms and filled the test of the differentiated assessment of a functional condition within four days in the evenings. In addition, illness frequency and quality of life were estimated. According to the results, appraisals of subjective stress levels, irritability, joints movements’ difficulties, headaches and symptoms that are rare in normative sample should not be averaged due to high variability. Application of the intra-individual approach in addition to the inter-individual one allows revealing cases of individual resistance and mobilization of a functional and somatic condition under the stress. Different patterns of the empirical relationships with illness frequency and quality of life are revealed depending on whether the average estimates of a stress and functioning, or individual sensitivity to a stress are measured.

Keywords: inter- and intra-individual approaches in psychology, psychology of stress, functional condition, somatic symptoms, illness frequency

Column: Research Methods

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2015080305

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