Daily Life Events and Mood
In this chapter we will report the results of a series of studies in which life experiences and mood were recorded daily in prospective investigations. The studies to be described were not originally designed to address a specific set of questions pertaining to events and mood; rather, they were exploring the relationship between daily events and physical symptoms. Nonetheless, the prospective methods used in the data collection and the particular techniques for assessing daily mood gave us a unique opportunity to explore a variety of commonsense questions about mood as well as the psychological stress model of illness. As the reader will see in the forthcoming pages, some of the assumptions lay people and researchers have had about mood were not borne out by the data.
KeywordsSevere Event Negative Mood Event Index Positive Mood Daily Experience
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