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Stress, Health and Illness

Stress, health and illness


The view that stress can cause illness has been a part of common folklore for a long time. Patients often cite stress as an important cause of their illness, yet some authorities argue that the link between stress and illness is unproved (Jones & Bright, 2001). Although the association between reported stress, illness, and even mortality is well established, conceptual and methodological problems mean it is difficult to establish whether stress is causal, and the precise mechanisms or processes through which stress impacts on health are not well understood. The first part of this chapter examines the concept of stress, the causes of stress, the main theoretical models that have proved useful in health research, and factors that ...

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