Her concern about her son's possibly having fallen into the wrong company, and her inability to do anything more for him because she already has her hands full in trying to make a living for herself and for her two children, since her mother and the rest of the extended family are having problems of their own, and are unable to offer any support to Lisa either in terms of material assistance or in terms of emotional support;
Her anxiety about her daughter Daisy, who is not exhibiting positive signs of regular development. Since she is withdrawn, socially isolated and seems to be behind the rest of her class in terms of communication skills, it is possible that she may be suffering from autism or a learning or communication disability.
According to Russell (2005), stress effects an individual in two significant ways-physiological, and psychological. The causes of stress are known as stressors (Russell 2005, p. 126). Stressors can affect an individual in either or both of the following ways:
Her stress levels may also impact her own work as a healthcare provider, which could have repercussions in a larger sense because she would not be able to cater to the requirements of the patients she is to care for, and she may unknowingly cause harm to one or more of them through misdiagnosis or faulty medication;
As Russell (2005) oShe may also be prone to rising blood pressure or even diabetes, which has been known to be triggered by stress factors.
As Russell (2005) observes, "stressors may be categorized as either internal (individual) or external (environmental)" (p. 127). Consequently, Lisa is being assaulted by the effects of stress at a personal as well as sociological level. Her problems are personal (her children's problems, her loneliness, etc) as well as sociological (poverty). In terms of her external problems, stress may be seen as "something than happens to an individual rather than within them" (Russell 2005, p. 127). Lisa should go for regular health checks herself. Being a nurse, she should recognise the signs of stress in her own life, and monitor her blood pressure and blood glucose levels through periodic checks.
c) With reference to appropriate psychological theory, discuss possible explanations of their behaviour.
Lisa's case merits a focus on human diversity especially considering the disparateness of her