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Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society - James H. Humphrey

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Don't let your own reaction to stress negatively affect the children in your care
With new evidence indicating that undesirable stress is likely to have its roots in childhood, Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society is a much-needed resource for anyone who works with children. An authority in the field of stress education, Dr. James Humphrey offers an easy-to-read text on what stress is, how it affects children as opposed to adults, and how to take back control when stress becomes overwhelming. Whether a parent, caretaker, counselor, or teacher, this book will provide you with a better understanding of stress and several methods for helping children cope on a daily basis.
Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society provides readers with an extensive exploration of the definition of stress, from basic terminology to the causes and effects of stress in the daily lives of children and adults. This book will teach you how to better deal with stress in your own life and how to share that knowledge with children. Dr. Humphrey walks you step-by-step through a variety of techniques, exercises, and games that improve a child's self-image and the confidence necessary to contend with stressful situations.
This book will help you: spot irregular behavior in children usually associated with poor stress management help children understand and respond more appropriately to stressors work with children with special needs who have additional stress due to their afflictions alleviate or reduce stressors at home and in school provide the appropriate level of physical activity to children to decrease tension utilize relaxation techniques, such as meditation and biofeedback, to alleviate stress Rich with interviews, surveys, and case studies focusing on children and caretakers, Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society is an important manual for helping children in today's hectic culture. Recent discoveries indicate that children who associate with adults under stress are very likely to become stress-ridden themselves; children supervised by adults who do not cope well with stress can adopt this same inability to cope. Therefore, this book is vital for those adults who are involved with the well-being of children.

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"Comprehensive...This is a book for anyone concerned with enhancing the lives of children: be they parents, teachers, or others...An Invaluable Resource that should be must reading for all adults who interact with children."

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Stress Terminologyp. 1
Stressp. 2
Tensionp. 3
Emotionp. 4
Anxietyp. 4
Burnoutp. 5
Depressionp. 6
All About Stressp. 7
Reactions to Stressp. 9
Classifications of Stressp. 11
Causes of Stressp. 16
Effects of Stressp. 19
Childhood Emotionsp. 21
Factors Concerning Emotional Developmentp. 23
Emotional Needs of Childrenp. 31
Guidelines for the Emotional Development of Childrenp. 35
Opportunities for Emotional Development in Various Environmentsp. 36
Evaluating Influences of the Environment on Emotional Developmentp. 38
Adult Observation of Childhood Emotionsp. 39
Helping Children Understand Themselvesp. 43
Understanding Child Developmentp. 45
Meeting the Needs of Childrenp. 53
Toward a Child's Understanding of Selfp. 57
Stress in the Home and School Environmentsp. 65
Home and Family Stressp. 65
School Stressp. 70
Stress and the Child with an Afflictionp. 77
Stress and Children with Diseasep. 77
Stress and Children with Developmental Disabilitiesp. 80
Stress and Slow Learnersp. 81
Stress Resulting from Psychic Traumap. 84
Nutrition, Diet, and Stressp. 87
Nutritionp. 88
Dietp. 98
Children's Eating Habitsp. 101
Childhood Obesityp. 102
Physical Activity, Exercise, and Stressp. 105
The Physical Aspect of Personalityp. 105
Maintaining a Suitable Level of Physical Fitnessp. 107
Body Types and Segments, and Physical Fitnessp. 109
Types of Exercisep. 112
Developing an Activity Programp. 114
Importance of Physical Exercise in Reducing Stressp. 115
Physical Activity for Childrenp. 117
Body Restoration and Stressp. 123
Fatiguep. 123
Restp. 124
Sleepp. 125
Children's Sleep Habitsp. 129
Reducing Stress Through Relaxationp. 131
The Meaning of Relaxation and Related Termsp. 131
Progressive Relaxationp. 134
Using Relaxation with Childrenp. 137
Reducing Stress Through Meditationp. 145
Types of Meditationp. 147
A Procedure for Meditatingp. 149
Using Meditation with Childrenp. 151
Reducing Stress Through Biofeedbackp. 155
The Meaning of Biofeedbackp. 155
Biofeedback Instrumentationp. 156
Using Biofeedback with Childrenp. 159
Notesp. 163
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780789022660
ISBN-10: 0789022664
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 14th September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1