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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D. (Cermak Health Services)
Description: This is a comprehensive look at stress and coping, from both a developmental and social perspective, that also extensively discusses the assessment of coping processes and the effects of coping intervention. It is part of the Oxford Library of Psychology series.
Purpose: According to the editor, the book addresses "diverse aspects of the stress process, from antecedents of stress appraisals to the health-related outcomes of coping."
Audience: It is intended for "students, practitioners, and researchers across the fields of health psychology, medicine, and palliative care." Dr. Folkman, professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote a foundational book on stress and coping with Richard Lazarus, and developed a research program with him at the University of California, Berkeley. The contributors represent an international authorship from the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands.
Features: An introduction states the central thesis, the effect of stress on mental and physical aspects of human functioning, along with coping processes and resilience. The book then discusses developmental factors across the lifespan, showing how the experience of stress and coping strategies change from early childhood to older adulthood. Gender issues are salient, especially dyadic coping among couples. Extensive sections cover coping processes and outcomes, as well as new technologies. The value of an emotional approach and the daily variations in stress and coping are described. The book ends with coping interventions and ideas of where future research should concentrate. An interesting chapter shows how religion is an important part of the coping process and should be part of any research into significant life stressors. Another important chapter on coping with the stress involved in HIV/AIDS reveals the various processes correlated with psychosocial adjustment, along with the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral interventions. The chapters are organized fairly uniformly: abstract, text, conclusions, future directions, and references. The figures and tables are helpful in providing clarity to the text.
Assessment: This excellent book is full of research findings that lay a solid foundation for this area of study. The authors not only talk about stress and coping processes, they also address intervention. It is must reading for anyone involved in health psychology.