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The Handbook of Stress Science

SKU# 9780826114716

Biology, Psychology, and Health


  • Richard Contrada PhD
  • Andrew Baum PhD

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[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 

  • Publication Date September 29, 2010
  • Page Count 708
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826114716
  • EISBN 9780826117717

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 Immunopathology
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 Wethington

43. Multilevel Analysis of Stress
Greg J. Norman, A. Courtney DeVries, John T. Cacioppo, and Gary G. Berntson