The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health

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Richard Contrada, PhD, Andrew Baum, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Sep 29, 2010 - Psychology - 704 pages

"[F]or those who are entering the field or who want to broaden their perspective, Ibelieve that this Handbook is indispensible. More than just a contribution to the field, theHandbook may well become a classic."--PsycCRITIQUES

"The editors fully achieved their goal of producing a state-of-the-science stress reference for use by investigators, educators, and practitioners with clinical and health interests."--Psycho-Oncology

"This is an important book about the scientific study of stress and human adaptation. It brings together both empirical data and theoretical developments that address the fundamental question of how psychosocial variables get inside the body to influence neurobiological processes that culminate in physical disease."

From the Foreword by David C. Glass, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Stony Brook University

Edited by two leading health psychologists, The Handbook of Stress Science presents a detailed overview of key topics in stress and health psychology. With discussions on how stress influences physical health-including its effects on the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems-the text is a valuable source for health psychologists, as well as researchers in behavioral medicine, neuroscience, genetics, clinical and social psychology, sociology, and public health.

This state-of-the-art resource reviews conceptual developments, empirical findings, clinical applications, and investigative strategies and tools from the past few decades of stress research. It represents all major approaches to defining stress and describes the themes and developments that characterize the field of health-related stress research.

The five sections of this handbook cover:

  • Current knowledge regarding the major biological structures and systems that are involved in the stress response
  • Social-contextual contributions to stress and to processes of adaptation to stress, including the workplace, socioeconomic status, and social support
  • The concept of cognitive appraisal as it relates to stress and emotion psychological factors influencing stress such as, personality, gender, and adult development
  • The evidence linking stress to health-related behaviors and mental and physical health outcomes
  • Research methods, tools, and strategies, including the principles and techniques of both laboratory experimentation and naturalistic stress research
 

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Chapter 38 - Ulf Lundberg provides one of the best explanations of the SAM and HPA stress responses I have read so far. Has given me a greater insight in to the immunity related health outcomes due to stress.

Contents

Stress Adaptation and Health
1
Biology
11
The Cardiovascular System
37
Implications for Immunoprotection and Immunopathology
46
Behavioral Emotional and Cognitive Sequelae of Immune System Activation
65
Genetic Epidemiology of Stress and Gene by Stress Interaction
77
Cellular Defense Immune Response and Aging
86
Social Context
101
Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Issues to Guide Interdisciplinary Research
320
Stress and Depression
345
Stressors and Mental Health Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
358
Physical Health Outcomes of Trauma
373
Psychosocial Stress and Coronary Heart Disease
385
Stress and Cardiometabolic Syndrome
399
Stress and the Cancers
411
Stress and Susceptibility to Infectious Disease
424

Stress and Support Processes
111
Social Network Functions and Health
122
10 Years of Science 19972007
137
The Challenge of Stress in Modern Organizations
150
Racism as a Psychosocial Stressor
167
Socioeconomic Status and Stress
185
PSYCHOLOGY
194
The Dynamics of Emotion in Adaptation to Stress
209
Coping
221
Individual Differences in Exposure Reactivity Recovery and Restoration
231
Its Relationship to Stressor Exposure Cognitive AppraisalCoping Processes Stress Responses and Health Outcomes
246
Stress Coping and Adult Development
263
Behaviors and Mental and Physical Health Outcomes
275
Stress and Drug Use
287
Exercise and Stress Reduction
301
Effects of Stress on Health in HIVAIDS
447
The Biopsychosocial Perspective
461
Stress Reduction in Chronically Ill Patients
474
Stress and Chronic Disease Management
487
Research Methods Tools and Strategies
501
Methodological Analytic and Inferential Issues
514
Neuroendocrine Measures
531
Neuroimaging Methods in Human Stress Science
543
Interview Assessment of Stressor Exposure
565
The Daily Inventory of Stressful Events
583
Measuring Psychosocial Stress Using Ecological Momentary Assessment Methods
596
Multilevel Analysis of Stress
619
Name Index
635
Subject Index
665
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