Stress Management: From Basic Science to Better Practice / Edition 1

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Most of the literature on stress management describes and evaluates individual stress responses but lacks a critical view of the scientific foundation of stress. In order to truly comprehend stress management, there needs to be clear understanding on the phenomenon that is "to be managed." Stress Management: From Basic Science to Better Practice examines documented pathways between stress and health and develops the scientific foundations for sound interventions. The book begins with a broad review of the term stress and its importance for health. The text then provides a critical examination of the elements of the stress process, extracts supporting research for a rationale of stress management, and describes various stress management techniques and their effectiveness. In Stress Management, author and renowned stress researcher Wolfgang Linden reviews the literature on intervention outcomes, noting weaknesses that include an overemphasis on individual rather than societal responsibility for stress and coping and disregard of the emerging field of positive psychology. The author concludes the text with a proposed distinction between psychotherapy and stress management, and he proposes the need for three distinguishable subtypes of stress management programs-a systematic-preventative approach; a broad-based stress vaccination and prevention type of protocol; and a reactive, problem-solving type of stress reduction intervention.

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Editorial Reviews

William R. Lovallo

"The author is correct in saying that the stress management field is a ‘soft’ one, lacking a strong theoretical foundation, and therefore lacking good studies of efficacy and long term outcome. Certainly any publication that would improve on this situation is to be welcomed. . . . Strengths are the systematic approach to the topic. The attempt to ground scientifically the issue of stress management will appeal greatly to the more discerning student of clinical psychology and applied health psychology. It will provide a sufficiently academic approach to the topic that it will find acceptance in courses on the topic."

David M. Fresco

"There seems to be little consensus as to what stress is, let alone how to best manage it. Dr. Linden makes a good case for how his approach can shed some light onto this important topic. For me, the greatest strength of the book is that a respected scientist such as Dr. Linden is undertaking this project. He has an impressive publication record that shows a professional lifetime of dedication to work that relates favorably to the subject matter of the book."

Rick Harrington

"Overall, the book has some positive merits, most notably its attempt to apply an integrative theory to practice….The primary strength is the use of a process model to address stress management….I would consider this text in a graduate course in stress management."

David M. Young

"The author brings a needed perspective-a social, cultural and economic stress-to the literature and to treatment, too."

Jane Irvine

"Professor Wolfgang Linden has undertaken the formidable task of reviewing and integrating a vast and fragmented body of literature on stress management. He has successfully created a very readable, comprehensive, and integrative account of this diverse field. This book brings together many perspectives on stress management and Professor Linden skillfully constructs a valuable and more integrated theory of stress management. The result is an informative, thought provoking, scholarly book for students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of stress management. It is bound to stimulate a more sophisticated approach to the study and practice of stress management."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761929468
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Stress: Definitions and Pathways to Disease
Scientific and popular definitions
How can stress be measured?
A history of models for stress and health
Understanding stress responsivity
"Take-Home Messages" that are pertinent to stress management
2. Elements of the Stress Process and Implications for Stress Management
A model of the stress process, its major components and
moderating variables

Stressors and stressor properties of relevance for stress management
Coping skills: Cognitions and behaviors
Physiological stress response: Recovery or exhaustion
Implications of basic stress research for intervention protocols
3. Descriptions, Rationales, and Outcomes of Stress Management Interventions
Rationales and outcomes
Review of the effects of specific techniques, rationales, and outcomes
Stress management effects for specific populations
Stress management effects on specific endpoints
Summary of the effects of stress management
4. Now What? A Summary, Reflections, and Recommendations
Major conclusions
Defining stress management and questioning rationales
What about the needed, shared definition for stress

Reflections on communication
Effective ingredients and delivery modes for stress management
Action plan
About the Author
Author Index
Subject Index

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