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Measuring Stress : A Guide for Health and Social Scientists - Sheldon Cohen

Measuring Stress

A Guide for Health and Social Scientists

By: Sheldon Cohen (Editor), Ronald C. Kessler (Editor), Lynn Underwood Gordon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780195121209
Number Of Pages: 256

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Measuring Stress is the definitive resource for health and social scientists interested in assessing stress in humans. With contributions from leading experts, this work provides for the first time a unified conceptual overview of the intricate relationship between stress and a variety of disorders. Its interdisciplinary approach to the selection of appropriate environmental, psychological, and biological measures includes comprehensive evaluations and practical advice regarding a wide range of measurement approaches. For environmental stress, techniques such as checklists and interviews that measure life event, daily event, and chronic stress are discussed. An analysis of psychological measurements includes methods for assessing stress appraisal and affective response. Neuroendocrine, cardiovascular, and immune measures are examined as important biological stress assessments. Contributors also uncover the conceptual underpinnings of each approach as well as the various costs and benefits of available assessment techniques. Reflecting the diversity of theoretical conceptions of stress, Measuring Stress masterfully provides integrative, incisive guidelines that will prove invaluable to students, clinicians, and researchers in health and social psychology, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, sociology, and psychiatry.

". . .their work is coherent, lively, and to the point." --Contemporary Psychology "A valuable resource for all individuals interested in any aspect of stress research." --Health and Stress "This book is a must-read for those involved or wishing to be involved in stress research."--Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience "This book is superior to previous reviews of stress research in a number of respects. . .it should be required reading for anyone, regardless of level of expertise, interested in understanding how stressful experiences contribute to physical and psychiatric disorders and illness behaviors."--Psychosomatic Medicine "A valuable resource for all individuals interested in any aspect of stress research." --Health and Stress "How does one describe a text that serves as a ready resource for the assessment of stress measurement in major research on physical and psychiatric illness in humans? Rigorous. What about a text that is meant to convey this topic to scholars who hail from psychology, sociology, epidemiology, psychiatry, social work, and nursing? Comprehensive. Can an edited book achieve these ends without sacrificing clarity or consistency across contributions, alienating such disparate audiences, or losing appeal for advanced students and experts? Emphatically, yes. Stress continues to be a central entry in the canon of the social science side of health, and a book summarizing important assessment studies and guiding researchers to appropriate measures ... is timely. The editors ... clearly labored to create a balanced resource book ... The 16 authors who wrote the chapters ... did an excellent job of following this editorial lead--their work is coherent, lively, and to the point."--Contemporary Psychology "Considerable care and planning went into the design and preparation of this volume. The chapters share a consistency in style, organization, and quality that is altogether too rare in edited volumes. Each chapter is quite thorough, which should make the volume valuable for more experienced researchers. Both the editors and the authors consistently opted to cover carefully selected topics and measures in depth instead of providing superficial coverage to a broader range of topics or measures. Each chapter not only discusses the strengths, but also discusses the limitations of these measures. All told, the range of measures covered by these nine chapters provides a very broad and valuable perspective on what stress is, and how it may be assessed. Individuals who are seeking information converning the major methods of conceptualizing and measuring stress will find this volume to be an invaluable resource." -- Craig Smith, PhD, The Health Psychologist, Fall 1996, Vol 18, No 4

PART I: Conceptualizing Stress and Its Relation to Disease 1: Sheldon Cohen, Ronald C. Kessler, and Lynn G. Gordon: Strategies for Measuring Stress in Studies of Psychiatric and Physical Disorders PART II: Environmental Perspectives 2: R. Jay Tuner and Blair Wheaton: Checklist Measurement of Stressful Life Events 3: Elaine Wethington, George W. Brown, and Ronald C. Kessler: Interview Measurement of Stressful Life Events 4: John Eckenrode and Niall Bolger: Daily and Within-day Event Measurement 5: Stephen J. Lepore: Measurement of Chronic Stressors PART III: Psychological Perspectives 6: Scott M. Monroe and John M. Kelley: Measurement of Stress Appraisal 7: Arthur A. Stone: Measurement of Affective Response PART IV: Biological Perspectives 8: Andrew Baum and Neil Grunberg: Measurement of Stress Hormones 9: David S. Krantz: Measurement of Cardiovascular Response 10: Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser: Measurement of Immune Response

ISBN: 9780195121209
ISBN-10: 0195121201
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.65  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.36