Principles and Practice of Stress Management, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Structured for optimal use as a clinical reference and text, this comprehensive work reviews effective stress management techniques and their applications for treating psychological problems and enhancing physical health and performance. Leading experts present in-depth descriptions of progressive relaxation, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, cognitive methods, and other therapies. Tightly edited chapters examine each method's theoretical and empirical underpinnings and provide step-by-step guidelines for assessment and implementation, illustrated with detailed case examples. The volume also explains basic mechanisms of stress and relaxation and offers research-based guidance for improving treatment outcomes.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This unusually comprehensive volume provides exceptionally broad coverage of a wide variety of stress management methods. Chapters are well organized and include theoretical foundations, reviews of the empirical literature, discussion of clinical issues, and illustrative case studies. This book will be a valuable resource for clinicians and researchers and a useful text for graduate courses on stress management."—Ruth A. Baer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky
"This third edition reclaims the preeminent position of this work as the primary text in the field. I have dozens of works on stress management on my shelves, but this one is among the most valuable and useful. I rely on it extensively in teaching and recommend it to my students as a vital reference and professional guide. The many new chapters and chapter updates make this revision particularly valuable. I have been looking forward to a great third edition, based on its predecessors, and my expectations were clearly met."—Mark S. Schwartz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology (Emeritus), Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

"This splendid third edition is especially welcome. It provides a comprehensive update of theoretical and empirical foundations of stress management, giving close attention to the practical needs of clinicians. And at a time of renewed interest in complementary and alternative medicine, its coverage of research and clinical issues provides a model for all to consider in the development and evaluation of new approaches in health care."—David Shapiro, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (Emeritus), UCLA School of Medicine, and Psychophysiology Laboratory, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
"In 1984, when the first edition of this work appeared, stress management was new. By 2007 an impressive knowledge base has emerged. This updated third edition remains the authoritative leader in the field—essential reading for established clinicians, researchers, and advanced clinical students whose concerns include contemporary biofeedback and body-mind interactions."—Cyril M. Franks, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"It is always a pleasure to peruse a cleverly crafted book by editors who are guided by a vast array of research data and clinical findings, backed up by extensive personal experience. Lehrer et al. continue and amplify the fine tradition of scholarship demonstrated in prior editions of this exemplary work."—Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, private practice, Skillman, New Jersey

"In this third edition of their classic text, Lehrer et al. have assembled a distinguished group of experts to produce a volume that is both comprehensive and timely. It covers all of the major theoretical perspectives on stress and stress management, and provides an ideal balance between reviewing the latest scientific findings and offering detailed, practical, step-by-step descriptions of various treatment approaches. This is a perfect text for students or clinicians who are looking for one book on the topic of stress management, as well as for researchers who study this area."—Martin M. Antony, PhD, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, and Director of Research, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

British Journal of Psychiatry
"This reference book gives us a remarkable insight into the huge variety of interventions available for the universal ailment of stress."—British Journal of Psychiatry
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Psychosocial stress, and its relationship to a variety of other diseases and disorders, has become much better understood in recent decades. Additionally, stress management interventions are being refined and standardized. This book explores psychosocial stress and its management.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide clinicians with a hands-on reference for various stress management techniques in this updated third edition.
Audience: Clinical and health psychologists appear to be the main audience. The editors are well established researchers in this field and bring diverse perspectives from clinical, health, and physiological psychology. There is a top-notch supporting cast as well.
Features: This book is divided into two main sections covering conceptual foundations and basic mechanisms and an in-depth coverage of a wide range of therapeutic techniques. A third section attempts to integrate the specific techniques into interventions for behavioral disorders, somatic disorders, and for enhancing human performance. This third edition adds chapters on mindfulness meditation, neurofeedback, EMDR, breathing retraining, heart variability biofeedback, exercise therapy, and Qigong. Each chapter introduces theoretical underpinnings and mechanisms thought to account for psychosocial stress or particular disorders (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome). The target intervention for the chapter is introduced and then specific applications are covered. Most chapters contain specific details about carrying out these interventions with summary tables and illustrations to help readers to synthesize the information. Case examples usually follow, along with details about common obstacles that are encountered. There is generally a balanced view provided of each of these treatments, identifying their strengths, as well as their limitations or controversies that may exist. The book includes a fairly thorough index and many current references.
Assessment: This is the best single book published to date on stress management. It incorporates salient reviews of the literature, as well as practical information for implementing these interventions. Not only are a wide variety of treatments considered, but there are chapters on their use in specific disorders. This third edition is clearly a worthwhile reference for clinical psychologists involved in the treatment of stress-related disorders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606230008
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 734
  • Sales rank: 678,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul M. Lehrer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters, mostly on biofeedback, psychophysiology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Lehrer is past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and has received their Distinguished Scientist Award. He also recently served as president of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology and of the International Stress Management Association-USA Branch (ISMA-USA).

Robert L. Woolfolk, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Visiting Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. He has published widely on psychotherapy, psychopathology, and the philosophical foundations of psychology. A practicing clinician for more than 30 years, Dr. Woolfolk has sought in both his practice and research to integrate the scientific and humanistic traditions of psychotherapy. He is coauthor of Stress, Sanity, and Survival and Treating Somatization, and author of The Cure of Souls: Science, Values, and Psychotherapy.

Wesley E. Sime, PhD, is a health psychologist and stress physiologist and Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is past chair of both the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America and ISMA-USA. Dr. Sime was an early contemporary of Hans Selye and Edmund Jacobson and continues to facilitate stress management developments with Paul Rosch, Charles Spielberger, and James Quick. He is also a consultant in medical and sports performance settings.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. Conceptual Issues Underlying Stress Management, Robert L. Woolfolk, Paul M. Lehrer, and Lesley A. Allen

2. Psychophysiological Mechanisms of Stress: A Foundation for the Stress Management Therapies, Angele McGrady

3. The Psychology of Relaxation, Jonathan C. Smith

II. Stress Management Methods

A. Muscle Relaxation

4. Progressive Relaxation: Origins, Principles, and Clinical Applications, F. J. McGuigan and Paul M. Lehrer

5. Progressive Relaxation: Abbreviated Methods, Douglas A. Bernstein, Charles R. Carlson, and John E. Schmidt

B. Hypnotic Methods

6. Hypnosis in the Management of Pain and Stress: Mechanisms, Findings, and Procedures, Robert A. Karlin

7. The Autogenic Training Method of J. H. Schultz, Wolfgang Linden

8. Autogenic Feedback Training in Psychophysiological Therapy and Stress Management, Patricia A. Norris, Steven L. Fahrion, and Leo O. Oikawa

C. Biofeedback

9. Psychophysiological Perspectives on Stress-Related and Anxiety Disorders, Richard N. Gevirtz

10. Biofeedback Training to Increase Heart Rate Variability, Paul M. Lehrer

11. Neurofeedback for Stress Management, Michael Thompson and Lynda Thompson,

D. Breathing Retraining and Exercise

12. Whole-Body Breathing: A Systems Perspective on Respiratory Retraining, Jan van Dixhoorn

13. Exercise Therapy for Stress Management, Wesley E. Sime

E. Methods Based on Eastern Meditative and Therapeutic Disciplines

14. Modern Forms of Mantra Meditation, Patricia Carrington

15. Mindfulness Meditation, Jean L. Kristeller

16. Qigong Therapy for Stress Management, Kevin W. Chen

17. Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention, Sat Bir S. Khalsa

F. Cognitive Methods

18. Cognitive Approaches to Stress and Stress Management, James L. Pretzer and Aaron T. Beck

19. Stress Inoculation Training: A Preventative and Treatment Approach, Donald Meichenbaum

G. Other Methods

20. Music Therapy: Applications to Stress Management, Cheryl Dileo and Joke Bradt

21. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Stress: Research, Theory, and Practical Suggestions, Lee Hyer and Bonnie Kushner

22. Pharmacological Approach to the Management of Stress and Anxiety Disorders, Laszlo A. Papp

III. Integration

23. Sport Psychophysiology and Peak Performance Applications of Stress Management, Paul Davis, Wesley E. Sime, and James Robertson

24. Differential Effects of Stress Management Therapies on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Jonathan M. Feldman, Erika J. Eisenberg, Eduardo Gambini-Suárez, and Jack H. Nassau

 25. Stress Management and Relaxation Therapies for Somatic Disorders, Nicholas D. Giardino, Angele McGrady, and Frank Andrasik

 26. Research on Clinical Issues in Stress Management, Paul M. Lehrer and Robert L. Woolfolk

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