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Sources of Stress and Relief for African American Women

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African American women are dying younger—and at a higher rate—than their white counterparts. Collins shows us how stress plays a role in many of the most common fatal diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. Studies worldwide have revealed the relationship of stress to disease, citing evidence that African American women may be wired for stress.

Written from an afrocentric point of view, Collins's volume investigates sources of stress in the home ...

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Overview

African American women are dying younger—and at a higher rate—than their white counterparts. Collins shows us how stress plays a role in many of the most common fatal diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. Studies worldwide have revealed the relationship of stress to disease, citing evidence that African American women may be wired for stress.

Written from an afrocentric point of view, Collins's volume investigates sources of stress in the home and workplace. She reviews historical events that planted roots of stress for African American women, including slavery, racism, and the economic and social pressures currently facing African American men. Collins also understands the subtle, everyday stressors that are not typically heralded in history or medical books: standing for minutes at a department store counter, or waiting for help, only to be bypassed by a clerk aiming to wait on a white person who has just arrived. This book offers methods of stress reduction from a popular walking program to biofeedback, meditation, massage, yoga, and breathing exercises. Also highlighted are foods that contribute to stress and herbs that may help eliminate it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692671
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Series: Race and Ethnicity in Psychology
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE FISHER COLLINS is Associate Professor of Community and Human Services at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Women's Studies Department at the State University of New York and immediate past National Vice President for Jack and Jill of America, Inc., an organization for African American families.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Effects of Stress on Your Life 1
1 The Impact of Stress: Does It Really Matter? 3
2 Stress, Health, and the Body's Response 7
3 Managing Stress at Home 19
4 Stressors at Work 33
5 Service and Organizational Membership as a Source of Stress 65
Pt. II Stressproof Your Life 71
6 Sisters in Motion: Getting Started with the Least Effort 73
7 Mind Over Matter, Sisters 83
8 Soothing the Senses 95
9 The Afrocentric Network: Family, Work, Community, and Social Support 105
Epilog: A Victim of September 11 113
Appendix 115
Bibliography 117
Index 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Soothing Therapy

    Dr. Collins understands the small daily things that cause stress. She is prepared to give you modern methods of therapy to relieve the stressors you face from day to day. This book provides an additional light hearted look at how there are times when we have stress in our organizations, and social circles. A nice read to relieve your stress.

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