What is stress?
What is stress mapping?
To construct a stress map, the client is placed in the middle of the diagram. Then, the diagram is populated with the different components of the client’s situation, with lines drawn to represent the relationships between the components. The client can then be asked to quantify the level of stress caused by each component on a scale of e.g. 0 to 10.
For example, a stress map was used to map out the situation of a teacher (‘Alex’). In discussion with Alex, it became clear that there were several key variables impacting on his stress: the situation with his class, influences from another class in the school, and his relationship with his line manager (which he considered to be positive and supportive).
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Stress mapping for self-reflection
- What are the range of factors influencing the degree of any stress you experience? Where might you be able to make some changes?
- Who might you use this strategy with? In what context?
Palmer, S. (1989). Occupational Stress. The Health and Safety Practitioner, 7 (8), pp. 16-18.
Palmer, S. (1990). Stress Mapping: A Visual Technique to Aid Counselling or Training. Employee Counselling Today, 2 (2), pp. 9-12.
Palmer, S. & Cooper, C. (2000). How to Deal with Stress. London: Kogan Page.
Palmer, S. & Dryden, W. (1995). Counselling for Stress Problems. London: SAGE.