Measuring Stress: A Guide for Health and Social Scientists

Paperback | October 1, 1997

EditorSheldon Cohen, Ronald C. Kessler, Lynn Underwood Gordon

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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 ofdisorders. 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 andinterviews 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 stressassessments. 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 guidelinesthat will prove invaluable to students, clinicians, and researchers in health and social psychology, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, sociology, and psychiatry.

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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 ofdisorders. Its interdisciplinary approach to t...

Sheldon Cohen is at Carnegie Mellon University. Ronald C. Kessler is at University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: Conceptualizing Stress and Its Relation to Disease1. Sheldon Cohen, Ronald C. Kessler, and Lynn G. Gordon: Strategies for Measuring Stress in Studies of Psychiatric and Physical DisordersPART II: Environmental Perspectives2. R. Jay Tuner and Blair Wheaton: Checklist Measurement of Stressful Life Events3. Elaine Wethington, George W. Brown, and Ronald C. Kessler: Interview Measurement of Stressful Life Events4. John Eckenrode and Niall Bolger: Daily and Within-day Event Measurement5. Stephen J. Lepore: Measurement of Chronic StressorsPART III: Psychological Perspectives6. Scott M. Monroe and John M. Kelley: Measurement of Stress Appraisal7. Arthur A. Stone: Measurement of Affective ResponsePART IV: Biological Perspectives8. Andrew Baum and Neil Grunberg: Measurement of Stress Hormones9. David S. Krantz: Measurement of Cardiovascular Response10. Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser: Measurement of Immune Response

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"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 experiencedresearchers. 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 thesemeasures. 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 tobe an invaluable resource." -- Craig Smith, PhD, The Health Psychologist, Fall 1996, Vol 18, No 4