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The Handbook of Stress and Health: A Guide to Research and Practice

ISBN: 978-1-118-99377-4
728 pages
April 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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A comprehensive work that brings together and explores state-of-the-art research on the link between stress and health outcomes.
  • Offers the most authoritative resource available, discussing a range of stress theories as well as theories on preventative stress management and how to enhance well-being
  • Timely given that stress is linked to seven of the ten leading causes of death in developed nations, yet paradoxically successful adaptation to stress can enable individuals to flourish
  • Contributors are an international panel of authoritative researchers and practitioners in the various specialty subjects addressed within the work
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction 1
Cary L. Cooper and James Campbell Quick


1 Bridging the Science–Policy and Policy–Implementation Gaps: A Crucial Challenge 7
Lennart Levi

2 The Effort–Reward Imbalance Model 24
Johannes Siegrist

3 Understanding Burnout: New Models 36
Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter

4 Happiness and Mental Health: A Framework of Vitamins in the Environment and Mental Processes in the Person 57
Peter Warr

5 Understanding the Connections between Positive Affect and Health 75
Marie P. Cross and Sarah D. Pressman


6 Work, Stress, and Cardiovascular Disease 99
Peter L. Schnall, Marnie Dobson, and Paul Landsbergis

7 Stress and Cancer 125
Christoffer Johansen, Ivalu Katajavaara Sørensen, Beverley Lim Høeg, Pernille E. Bidstrup, and Susanne O. Dalton

8 Stress and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 135
Bjørn Grinde

9 The Double Burden of Work Stress and Depression: A Workplace Intervention 147
Debra Lerner, David A. Adler, William H. Rogers, Hong Chang, Annabel Greenhill, and Francisca Azocar

10 Stress, Recovery, Sleep, and Burnout 168
Sharon Toker and Samuel Melamed

11 Stress and Eating Disturbed Behavior 186
Derrick A. Bennett

12 Stress and Musculoskeletal Injury 210
Meredith M. Hartzell, Cameron D. T. Dodd, and Robert J. Gatchel

13 Managing the Impact of Advanced Complex Illness on Family Caregiver and Professional Caregiver Stress: A Role for Palliative Care 223
Gregory R. Harper, Bridget Blitz, Catherine Serena, Donna Stevens, and Daniel E. Ray

14 Crossover of Burnout and Engagement from Managers to Followers: The Role of Social Support 236
Mina Westman and Shoshi Chen

15 Stress and Addiction 252
Ann Roche, Victoria Kostadinov, and Jane Fischer


16 Locus of Control 283
Ning Hou, Alexa Doerr, Brandon A. Johnson, and Peter Y. Chen

17 The Type A Behavior Pattern 299
Geir Arild Espnes, Unni Karin Moksnes, and Donald Glenn Byrne

18 Emotional Intelligence, Health, and Stress 312
Gerald Matthews, Moshe Zeidner, and Richard D. Roberts

19 Gender, Workplace Stress, and Coping 327
Faye K. Cocchiara

20 Socioeconomic Inequities in Health: The Power of Social Relationships 337
Catherine A. Heaney and Annekatrin Hoppe


21 Lazarus and Folkman’s Psychological Stress and Coping Theory 351
Amanda Biggs, Paula Brough, and Suzie Drummond

22 Coping with Interpersonal Mistreatment: Not a Case of “Either Or,” but Rather “It Depends” 365
Rebecca Michalak, Sandra Kiffin-Petersen, and Neal M. Ashkanasy

23 Creating Well-Being among Older People: An Eastern Perspective 388
Luo Lu

24 Optimism, Coping, and Well-Being 400
Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier

25 Seligman’s Positive Psychology: Past, Present and Future Connections with Organizational Research 415
Thomas A. Wright

26 Demand, Resources, and Their Relationship with Coping: Developments, Issues, and Future Directions 427
Philip Dewe

27 Conservation of Resources Theory: Resource Caravans and Passageways in Health Contexts 443
Lucie Holmgreen, Vanessa Tirone, James Gerhart, and Stevan E. Hobfoll


28 Enhancing Mental Well-Being 461
Wayne Martin, Brian Jamel Dixon, and Helen Thomas

29 Cancer Survivorship, Cancer-Related PTSD, and Positive Change: A Narrative Overview 472
Tom Cox, Gianina-Ioana Postavaru, Fehmidah Munir, Juliet Hassard, and Sara MacLennan

30 Sleep, Work, and Well-Being 485
Erica Carleton and Julian Barling

31 Sleep, Cognitive and Mood Symptoms in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Examining the Role of the Gut–Brain Axis 501
Amy Wallis, Melinda L. Jackson, Michelle Ball, Donald P. Lewis, and Dorothy Bruck

32 Funny or Funnier? A Review of the Benefits (and Detriments) of Humor in theWorkplace 523
Michael Sliter, Morgan Jones, and Dennis Devine

33 Building Positive Psychological Resources: The Effects of Mindfulness, Work Breaks, and Positive Reflection 538
Elisabeth K. Gilbert, Trevor A. Foulk, and Joyce E. Bono


34 Well-Being in Neighborhoods: Current Research and Future Practice 555
Christopher T. Boyko and Rachel Cooper

35 Creating Workplace Well-Being: Time for Practical Wisdom 570
Joel B. Bennett, John Weaver, Mim Senft, and Michael Neeper

36 Well-Being and Aesthetics: A Social Perspective on the Aged Body in Modern Dance 605
Stina Johansson and Maria Sjölund

37 Social Class, Health, Stress, and Heart Disease: Applying a Prevention Model 630
Demetria F. Henderson, Debra L. Nelson, and James Campbell Quick

Author Index 647

Subject Index 669

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Author Information

Sir Cary L. Cooper CBE is 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School. He is the author or editor of more than 160 books on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology, has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent media commentator. He is Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, a former Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Stress and Health, Co-editor of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness, Founding President of the British Academy of Management, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, President of Relate, and a Clinical Advisor to Anxiety UK. He was knighted in 2014 for services to social science. 

James Campbell (Jim) Quick is Distinguished University Professor and holds the Goolsby-J.A. Fouse Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He retired from the US Air Force in 2000 after 25 years of active, commissioned service. He teaches ethics, leadership, and stress management and his current research centers on character and leadership. He is Vice President of the Clan Campbell Educational Foundation, and served on the DOD's Defense Health Board (2008-2011) for his expertise in prevention and psychological health and well-being.
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