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.
Chapter 3: Descriptions, Rationales, and Outcomes of Stress Management Interventions
Descriptions, Rationales, and Outcomes of Stress Management Interventions
Chapter 2 ended with a list of “desirable ingredients” for SM that made it look like a cooking recipe: Take two pinches of relaxation, a cup of wisdom, and three teaspoons of insight; mix well and bake at medium heat for 45 minutes. This list of ingredients was derived from a model of the stress process that suggests natural sequencing of steps and the existence of moderating and mediating factors, and it was supported by a review of empirical evidence that justified the importance and the potential of each component of the model. Chapter 3 begins with a comparison of the desired or ideal model with what clinicians and researchers ...