Travis J Sneed and Palo Alto
Sofia University, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Clin Exp Psychol
Research suggests that forgiveness can promote stress reduction. Research also indicates how stress reduction can play a major role in stroke recovery. In the context of this poster; forgiveness refers to a voluntary and intentional process that takes place through a change in attitude or feelings regarding an event or situation. Stress refers to a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances that also can elevate blood pressure in an individual. Additionally, stroke refers to a traumatic neurological event that can have long-lasting emotional, social or physical consequences. Research shows that stress levels in individuals undergoing recovery from a stroke can be notably higher than stress levels associated with the general population. Forgiveness based research shows that individuals who fail to forgive are more likely to have adverse emotional and physical implications. Some of these implications include increased anxiety, depression, elevated blood pressure, and decreased immune response. For individuals in stroke recovery, these factors do not promote recovery and raise the risk of reoccurrence. Based on the literature, this poster will demonstrate how forgiveness is a pathway to psychological wellbeing and health outcomes.
Travis Sneed is a Clinical Psychology/Psy.D student at Sofia University in Palo Alto California. He is certified in peer support and Rational Behavior Therapy Interventions. Currently, he is a volunteer for the San Francisco suicide prevention hotline and also holds student membership credentials with the American Psychological Association, Association of Transpersonal Psychology, California Psychological Association, and the Santa Clara County Psychological Association. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new ways to make a big difference in the world.
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