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

ISBN 10: 0826114717 / 0-8261-1471-7
ISBN 13: 9780826114716
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

"[F]or those who are entering the field or who want to broaden their perspective, I believe that this Handbook is indispensible. More than just a contribution to the field, the Handbook 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

About the Author:

Richard J. Contrada is a professor in the department of psychology at Rutgers University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1985, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, before joining the faculty at Rutgers in 1986. Dr. Contrada's work addresses psychosocial, behavioral, and psychophysiological aspects of physical disease, with a focus on cardiovascular disorders. He has a longstanding interest in the role of personality in physical health, and his research on psychophysiological mechanisms linking personality to cardiovascular disease has been supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health. He has also examined psychosocial factors in adaptation to physical illness. His investigation of religion in recovery and quality of life following cardiac surgery has been funded by the Fetzer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Contrada's current research on the relationship between depressive symptoms and coronary disease is being funded by the Charles A. Dana Foundation



Andrew Baum, PhD, is Jenkins Garrett Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Health and Illness in the College of Science at UTA and has appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern and the Simmons Cancer Center at UTSW. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was recently recruited to Texas from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He was also Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program and the African American Cancer Program and Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Supportive Care Sciences at the UPCI. Dr. Baum has served as editor of two scientific journals, as PI on several research grants, and as Director of a Center of Excellence for Biobehavioral Research on Breast Cancer (funded by the DOD). He has authored or coauthored more than 250 refereed journal articles, books, book chapters, and abstracts and has chaired and served on several NIH, NSF, and DOD study sections. His research addresses a range of issues related to stress and disease progression as well as clinical trials and health disparities.


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