Stress Management: From Basic Science to Better Practice examines documented pathways between stress and health and develops the scientific foundations for sound interventions. The book begins with a broad review of the term 'stress' and its importance for health. The text then provides a critical examination of the elements of the stress process, extracts supporting research for a rationale of stress management and describes various stress management techniques and their effectiveness.

Stress: Definitions and Pathways to Disease

Stress: Definitions and pathways to disease

Stress is essentially reflected by the rate of all wear and tear caused by life.

—Hans Selye, 1956

Scientific and Popular Definitions

It makes little sense to write about stress management (SM) unless there is clarity about the phenomenon that is to be managed. For this reason, a broad but by no means exhaustive review of the term stress and its importance for health is provided first. In this chapter, the meaning of the terms stress and management is explored, and research is described that reveals how they can be connected.

“Stress” has become so ubiquitous and so much a part of everyday language that, at first glance, there appears to be no need for a definition. Selye ...

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