Life Change, Life Events, And Illness: Selected Papers by Thomas H. HolmesLife Change, Life Events, And Illness: Selected Papers by Thomas H. Holmes

Life Change, Life Events, And Illness: Selected Papers

EditorThomas H. Holmes, Ella M. David

Hardcover | September 1, 1989

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A pioneer in the field of behavioral medicine, the late Thomas H. Holmes developed a set of scales that measured the impact of life changes and events on a person's health, particularly stress-related disorders. This volume collects for the first time the key research studies that emanated from the Holmes laboratory at the University of Washington from 1957 through 1981. Designed to serve as a reference book and a resource for students and scholars interested in life change research, Life Change, Life Events, and Illness provides ready access to the historical record of the Holmes psychosocial laboratory. For archival purposes, editorial revisions have been undertaken only to correct errata, update references, and establish stylistic conformity. The first chapter, written specifically for this volume, places the work of the Holmes laboratory in historical context, probes the beginning of Holme's research hypothesis in studies of the physiology of emotions, and outlines the direction of his research program. The first group of readings review the development, testing, and validation of three innovative research instruments: The Social Readjustment Rating Scale, the Seriousness of Illness Rating Scale, and the Schedule of Recent Experience. Subsequent chapters reconstruct the initial applications of methodologies developed by Holmes and his colleagues, culminating in the formulation of a paradigm for the relationship of life change and illness susceptibility. The final papers illustrate the realms into which life change research expanded in the last decade of Holme's tenure at the laboratory.
Title:Life Change, Life Events, And Illness: Selected PapersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:361 pages, 9.48 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1989Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275924807

ISBN - 13:9780275924805

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Editorial Reviews

?Can one discuss any generalizations that would enable us to predict disease and to use predictors of disease as a basis for possible prevention intervention?" This question challenged Holmes, the noted health researcher for more than 35 years. This volume pulls together most of the published life-change research produced from the Holmes laboratory at the University of Washington from 1957 to 1981. The first chapter provides a historical perspective of the development of the lifechange research questions. Chapters 2 through 10 discuss the development, testing, and validation of the basic research instruments important to the exploration of this fundamental question by Holmes. Chapters 11 through 16 provide insight on the clinical applications of the life-change studies with a presentation of the paradigm describing life-change and illness susceptibility. Final chapters outline possible expansion of the application of life-change insights into new areas such as transient diabetes mellitus and death and dying. Bibliography of Holmes's published writings; section describing contributors to the volume. This book is effectively edited and will be a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the psychosocial context of life changes and illness as revealed in the pioneering work of Holmes. Upper-division and graduate collections.?-Choice