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Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions is a brief and accessible examination of psychological stress and its psychophysiological relationships with cognition, emotions, brain functions, and the peripheral mechanisms by which the body is regulated. Updated throughout, the Third Edition covers two new and significant areas of emerging research: how our early life experiences alter key stress responsive systems at the level of gene expression; and what large, normal, and small stress responses may mean for our overall health and well-being.

Psychosocial Models of Health and Disease
Psychosocial Models of Health and Disease
Chapter objectives
  • Disease processes should be seen as dynamic interactions between the causative agent and the affected organism.
  • The disease and its treatment are embedded in a hierarchy of systemic controls. That is, lower levels of the system are in two-way interaction with higher levels in the system, and each level integrates and regulates the levels below it.
  • The hierarchy of causal influences ultimately includes complex behaviors such as the thoughts and emotions of the affected person and the socioculturally determined environment in which that person lives.
  • Disease and its cure exist in the physical and mental workings of the body, and thoughts and emotions play a significant role.

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