Max’s Case Risks and Resilience Factors

MAX’S CASE: RISKS AND RESILIENCE FACTORS 4

Max’sCase: Risks and Resilience Factors

Max’sCase: Risks and Resilience Factors

Inthe life of a person, different day to day activities provide risksfor stress as well as diseases. At the same time, there are factorsthat buffer a person from stress and help him or her to cope. In thisregard, the discussion will explore the two perspectives on the lifeof Max, a 26-year-old African American working in an auto partfactory. One of the factors in his life that presents a risk ofdisease is the occupation of working in the factory, as theproduction of auto parts may involve exposure to poisonous subjectsor metal elements. Working on the assembly line, he risks, injuriesfrom the physical contact with the metallic parts.Oneof the major risk factors to stress for Max is the financial strainhe is currently experiencing. Lack of financial resources is one ofthe causes of stress, especially adults who feel the burden of theparental responsibility to take care of their families. This is seenin his failure to repair his car after a breakdown, a cost that wouldbe expected to be low for a person who is working. Another risk ofstress is the lack of control of his day-to-day schedule at theassembly line workstation. This poses risks because his opinion orview about his work is not significant. At the same time, theneighborhood poses a risk due to the high crime rate and overcrowdingin the city.Theother significant risk factor for Max is the frequent arguments hehas been having with his wife. The arguments with his wife create anenvironment that would lead to tensions between the two in thefamily. The arguments with the wife can be as a result of otherfactors, but in itself presents as a risk for stress for Max. As amarried man with two children, Max needs an amicable environment toraise the children and mentor them as a father. At the same time, hehas honest intentions of being a good father to the children and agood husband. However, this will be frustrated by the arguments thathe and his wife have.However,Max has a resilience factor in the way he handles his family life andwork. He is a good father and he wants to be a good husband to hisfamily. At the same time he has all the intentions of being a goodworker at the factory. According toSchoon (2006), havinghonest intentions of doing good in life gives a person certain levelof resilience to stress as a person intends to achieve the good.Another resilience factor is the view he has about his wife as a goodfriend. This will help him to keep the relationship and marriage,despite having regular arguments. In addition, being a good caretakerof his home and the dog gives him an element of resilience as heprevents major problems associated with carelessness.In addition, Max has aresilience factor in his involvement in a large social structure ofgood friends. The good friends give him an environment to be happyand lead a stress-free social life. He also has a large group offamily members in his social life. Moreover, Max feels that he canrely on the good friends and family members. This gives him a strongbuffer from stress and social problems, and therefore forms asignificant resilience factor in his life. Reference

Schoon,I. (2006). Riskand Resilience: Adaptations in Changing Times. London:Cambridge University Press