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Social Context of Stress

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to provide an overview of the social context of stress, describe the impact of social support on health, identify the stressful effects of incivility, discuss how lack of contact with nature affects stress levels, and explain the stressful effects of technology, social networking, and multitasking.
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A strong social support network is important during difficult times. A social support network consists of friends, family, and peers. Developing and maintaining supportive relationships provides feelings of belonging, self-worth, and security. Without a strong social support network, individuals can experience a sense of isolation, disconnection, and stress. Despite their initial impression of fostering connectedness, technology and social networking often increase a person's feelings of isolation because relationships established online may not be deep and real. In addition, incivility and a lack of regular contact with nature also increase stress.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the relationship between social support and stress.
  • Identify ways to increase social connections.
  • Examine the connection between incivility and stress.
  • Describe ways to decrease the effects of incivility on health.
  • Discuss the relationship between a lack of contact with nature and stress.
  • Identify ways to increase contact with nature.
  • Describe the impact of technology, social networking, and multitasking on health and well-being.
  • Identify ways to control the stress effects of technology, social networking, and multitasking.

Humans are social beings. Our lives depend on each other. We begin as infants who are dependent on others to care for us, and we learn about the world around us through the filter of others. Our connection to others is essential not only for our survival but also to our happiness and health (Gray, 2010).

When social connections are disrupted, infrequent, or less than meaningful, individuals often experience stress, and this can lead to health issues. The social fabric of an individual’s life is intricately connected to that person’s health and sense of security, self-esteem, and well-being.

The social context of stress refers to the unique social issues and circumstances that are relevant to stress and can affect stress. These issues are unique to our times. During the last few decades, the social context of stress includes issues such as social support (or the lack of it), communication patterns (specifically incivility), lack of connection with nature, and the pervasiveness of technology.


As human beings, we benefit from our social relationships, and they challenge our adaptability and health. We strive to connect with others, and the number of contacts we make with others (including friends, acquaintances, and family members) best predicts both our physical and our emotional health. Our level and quality of social support acts as a buffer or protective layer against the wide variations of transitions we experience during our lives (Taylor & Master, 2011).

Why is this so? Social support makes the individual feel cared for, loved, valued, and part of a mutually supportive network. Companionship, emotional support, assistance, financial or material help, and information and/or advice are all benefits of a caring social network (Scholten, 2011).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

October 06, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.