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

The Handbook of Stress ScienceThe Handbook of Stress Science is edited by Richard Contrada, PhD and Andrew Baum PhD, and published by Springer Publishing Company.

In 1919, Dr. Tohru Ishigami of Japan published an article ‘The influence of psychic acts on the progress of pulmonary tuberculosis’, which appeared in the American Review of Tuberculosis. Ishigami was probably the first to indicate the role of the stress-immune system interaction in tuberculosis.

In general it is considered, however, that stress research and science has been around for 80 years taking into account that in the 1930s, Hans Selye introduced the term ‘stress soon after his 1936 Nature magazine publication. Selye extended the term stress from physics and set it to mean the mutual actions of forces that take place across any section of the body. He referred to this state as the”general adaptation or stress syndrome”.

The Handbook of Stress Science book is edited by two leading health psychologists. The book 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, this book 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


“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

Some chapters of this book are listed below:

  • Regulation of the Hypothalamo-Pituitary- Adrenal Axis, Chronic Stress, and Energy: The Role of Brain Networks
  • Effects of Stress on Immune Function: Implications for Immunoprotection and Immunopathology
  • The Molecular Biology of Stress: Cellular Defense, Immune Response, and Biological Aging
  • Social Responses to Stress: The Tend-and-Befriend Model
  • Stress and Support Processes
  • Socioeconomic Status and Stress
  • The Role of Appraisal and Emotion in Coping and Adaptation
  • Personality and Stress: Individual Differences in Exposure, Reactivity, Recovery, and Restoration
  • Stress, Coping, and Adult Development
  • Stress and Chronic Disease Management
  • Cardiovascular Measures in Stress Research: Methodological, Analytic, and Inferential Issues
  • Combining Checklist and Interview Approaches for Assessing Daily Stressors: The Daily Inventory of Stressful Events

Hardcover: 708 pages; Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (September 29, 2010).

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