The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health

The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health

by Richard Contrada, Andrew Baum
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The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health

[F]or those who are entering the field or who want to broaden their perspective, I believe that this Handbook is indispensible. More than just a contribution to the field, the Handbook may well become a classic."--PsycCRITIQUES

The editors fully achieved their goal of producing a state-of-the-science stress reference for use by investigators, educators, and practitioners with clinical and health interests."--Psycho-Oncology

This is an important book about the scientific study of stress and human adaptation. It brings together both empirical data and theoretical developments that address the fundamental question of how psychosocial variables get inside the body to influence neurobiological processes that culminate in physical disease."

From the Foreword by David C. Glass, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Stony Brook University

Edited by two leading health psychologists, The Handbook of Stress Science presents a detailed overview of key topics in stress and health psychology. With discussions on how stress influences physical health-including its effects on the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems-the text is a valuable source for health psychologists, as well as researchers in behavioral medicine, neuroscience, genetics, clinical and social psychology, sociology, and public health.

This state-of-the-art resource reviews conceptual developments, empirical findings, clinical applications, and investigative strategies and tools from the past few decades of stress research. It represents all major approaches to defining stress and describes the themes and developments that characterize the field of health-related stress research.

The five sections of this handbook cover:

  • Current knowledge regarding the major biological structures and systems that are involved in the stress response
  • Social-contextual contributions to stress and to processes of adaptation to stress, including the workplace, socioeconomic status, and social support
  • The concept of cognitive appraisal as it relates to stress and emotion psychological factors influencing stress such as, personality, gender, and adult development
  • The evidence linking stress to health-related behaviors and mental and physical health outcomes
  • Research methods, tools, and strategies, including the principles and techniques of both laboratory experimentation and naturalistic stress research

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826114716
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/29/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Richard J. Contrada is a professor in the department of psychology at Rutgers University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1985, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, before joining the faculty at Rutgers in 1986. Dr. Contrada's work addresses psychosocial, behavioral, and psychophysiological aspects of physical disease, with a focus on cardiovascular disorders. He has a longstanding interest in the role of personality in physical health, and his research on psychophysiological mechanisms linking personality to cardiovascular disease has been supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health. He has also examined psychosocial factors in adaptation to physical illness. His investigation of religion in recovery and quality of life following cardiac surgery has been funded by the Fetzer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Contrada's current research on the relationship between depressive symptoms and coronary disease is being funded by the Charles A. Dana Foundation

Andrew Baum, PhD, is Jenkins Garrett Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Health and Illness in the College of Science at UTA and has appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern and the Simmons Cancer Center at UTSW. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was recently recruited to Texas from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He was also Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program and the African American Cancer Program and Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Supportive Care Sciences at the UPCI. Dr. Baum has served as editor of two scientific journals, as PI on several research grants, and as Director of a Center of Excellence for Biobehavioral Research on Breast Cancer (funded by the DOD). He has authored or coauthored more than 250 refereed journal articles, books, book chapters, and abstracts and has chaired and served on several NIH, NSF, and DOD study sections. His research addresses a range of issues related to stress and disease progression as well as clinical trials and health disparities.

Table of Contents


Preface and/or Acknowledgements

1. Stress, Adaptation, and Health

Richard J. Contrada


2. Regulation of the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-
Adrenal Axis, Chronic Stress, and Energy:
The Role of Brain Networks

Mary F. Dallman and Dirk Hellhammer

3. The Cardiovascular System

Matthew M. Burg and Thomas G. Pickering

4. Effects of Stress on Immune Function:
Implications for Immunoprotection and

Firdaus S. Dhabhar

5. Behavioral, Emotional, and Cognitive
Sequelae of Immune System Activation

Joanne M. Hash-Converse and
Alexander W. Kusnecov

6. Genetic Epidemiology of Stress and
Gene by Stress Interaction

Jeanne M. McCaff ery

7. The Molecular Biology of Stress: Cellular
Defense, Immune Response, and
Biological Aging

Andrew Baum, Kara Lorduy, and Frank J. Jenkins


8. Social Responses to Stress: The
Tend-and-Befriend Model

Shelley E. Taylor and Sarah L. Master

9. Stress and Support Processes

Bert N. Uchino and Wendy Birmingham

10. Social Network Functions and Health

Karen S. Rook, Kristin J. August, and Dara H. Sorkin

11. Stress and the Workplace: 10 Years of
Science, 1997-2007

Alankrita Pandey, James Campbell Quick, Ana Maria
Rossi, Debra L. Nelson, and Wayne Martin

12. The Challenge of Stress in Modern Organizations

Ashley Weinberg and Cary Cooper

13. Racism as a Psychosocial Stressor

Elizabeth Brondolo, Nisha Brady ver Halen,
Daniel Libby, and Melissa Pencille

14. Socioeconomic Status and Stress

Tarani Chandola and Michael G. Marmot


15. The Role of Appraisal and Emotion in
Coping and Adaptation

Craig A. Smith and Leslie D. Kirby

16. The Dynamics of Emotion in
Adaptation to Stress

Patrick H. Finan, Alex J. Zautra, and Rebecca Wershba

17. Coping

Charles S. Carver

18. Personality and Stress: Individual
Differences in Exposure, Reactivity,
Recovery, and Restoration

Paula G. Williams, Timothy W. Smith,
Heather E. Gunn, and Bert N. Uchino

19. Gender: Its Relationship to Stressor Exposure,
Cognitive Appraisal/Coping Processes, Stress
Responses, and Health Outcomes

Mary C. Davis, Mary H. Burleson, and
Denise M. Kruszewski

20. Stress, Coping, and Adult Development

Carolyn M. Aldwin and Loriena Yancura

33. Pain: The Biopsychosocial Perspective

Robert J. Gatchel, Krista Howard, and Rob Haggard

34. Stress Reduction in Chronically Ill Patients

Arthur M. Nezu, Christine Maguth Nezu, and
Melissa S. Xanthopoulos

35. Stress and Chronic Disease Management
Melissa M. Garrido, Joanne M. Hash-Converse,

Howard Leventhal, and Elaine A. Leventhal


36. Acute Stress Responses in the
Psychophysiological Laboratory

William Gerin

37. Cardiovascular Measures in Stress Research:
Methodological, Analytic, and Inferential Issues

Israel C. Christie, J. Richard Jennings, and
Victoria B. Egizio

38. Neuroendocrine Measures

Ulf Lundberg

39. Neuroimaging Methods in Human
Stress Science

Peter J. Gianaros and Mary-Frances O'Connor

40. Interview Assessment of Stressor Exposure

Barbara Anderson, Elaine Wethington, and
Thomas W. Kamarck

41. Combining Checklist and Interview
Approaches for Assessing Daily Stressors: The
Daily Inventory of Stressful Events

David M. Almeida, Robert S. Stawski, and Kelly E. Cichy

42. Measuring Psychosocial Stress Using Ecological
Momentary Assessment Methods

Thomas W. Kamarck, Saul Shiff man, and Elaine

43. Multilevel Analysis of Stress

Greg J. Norman, A. Courtney DeVries, John T. Cacioppo,
and Gary G. Berntson

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