Stalking the Slippery Stress Concept

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 31–32. Reviews the book, Stress and Coping: An Anthology edited by Alan Monat and Richard S. Lazarus (see record 1978-22400-000). This book aims to provide an accurate, representative, and exciting picture of current theory and research on stress and coping. The editors suggest that the collection is appropriate for courses related to psychological adjustment and health as well as those directly concerned with stress. In addition, there is scant treatment of questions of research design and the interpretation of physiological and psychoendocrine data. The book also lacks a concluding or summary chapter to help the student consolidate an overview of the field of stress and coping. The selection of papers reflects the editors' favoritism toward the cognitive and dynamic perspectives on stress and coping. The emphasis on cognitive factors is quite appropriate, particularly since this is currently the reigning dogma in the field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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