Stress: A Brief History / Edition 1

Stress: A Brief History / Edition 1

by Cary L. Cooper, Philip J. Dewe, Steven Ed. Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405107448

ISBN-13: 9781405107440

Pub. Date: 06/14/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Stress: A Brief History is a lively, accessible, and detailed examination of the origins of the field of stress research.

  • First concise, accessible, academically grounded book on the origins of the concept of stress.
  • Explores different theories and models of stress such as the psychosomatic approach, homeostasis, and general adaptation

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Overview

Stress: A Brief History is a lively, accessible, and detailed examination of the origins of the field of stress research.

  • First concise, accessible, academically grounded book on the origins of the concept of stress.
  • Explores different theories and models of stress such as the psychosomatic approach, homeostasis, and general adaptation syndrome.
  • Discusses the work and intriguing contributions of key researchers in the field such as Walter Cannon, Hans Selye, Harold Wolff, and Richard Lazarus.
  • Explains the origins of key concepts in stress such as stressful life events, the coronary-prone personality, and appraisals and coping.
  • Culminates in a discussion of what makes a good theory and what obligations stress researchers have to those whose working lives they study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405107440
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/14/2004
Series:
Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology Series, #7
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsx
Chapter 1From Early Beginnings to the Twentieth Century1
Introduction1
Hooke's Law and the Engineering Analogy3
The Eighteenth Century and Beyond4
Summary: Themes from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries7
Chapter 2The Twentieth Century: The Early Years9
Introduction9
The Emergence of the School of Functionalism10
Fatigue and Mental Hygiene11
Psychosomatic Medicine and the Contribution of Walter Cannon13
Hans Selye20
The Work of Harold Wolff33
Summary36
Chapter 3The Twentieth Century: From the 1950s to Richard Lazarus39
Introduction: Stress in the 1950s and 1960s39
Stressful Life Events41
The Social Readjustment Scale43
Daily Hassles and Uplifts and the Debate that Followed46
The Debate: Critical Life Events versus Hassles and Uplifts47
Personality and Type A Behavior Patterns51
Towards the Study of Individual Differences55
A Return to the 1950s and 1960s and a Change in Focus57
The History of Stress in Sweden60
The Origins of Organizational Psychology62
Summary65
Chapter 4The Work of Richard Lazarus67
Introduction67
The Beginnings68
The Berkeley Stress and Coping Project69
A Historical Look at Appraisal71
The Nature of Appraisals and the Debate that Followed74
Lazarus and the Process View of Coping78
Ways of Coping Questionnaire79
Lazarus and Emotions82
Summary83
Chapter 5Work Stress and Occupational Health Psychology85
Introduction85
Work Stress85
Role Conflict, Role Ambiguity, and the Search for Causes of Work Stress87
Beyond Role Conflict, Ambiguity, and Overload90
Early Research Frameworks and Identifying Strains92
Towards and Integrated Model of Work Stress94
Work Stress and Coping98
From Coping to the Self-Help Years to Stress Management102
Occupational Health Psychology107
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder108
Summary109
Chapter 6What do We Mean by Stress: From the Past to the Future110
Introduction110
What Do We Mean By Stress?110
From the Past to the Future113
How Does History Add to Our Understanding of Stress114
Searching for the Organizing Concept of the Future115
Distinguishing between Description and Meaning116
Why Study Stress? Fulfilling Our Moral Responsibility117
Summary118
References120
Index137

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