Anxiety, Angoscia, Engst, Agonia

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 633–634. Reviews the book, Stress and Anxiety, Vol. 5 edited by Charles D. Spielberger and Irwin G. Sarason (see record 1979-33759-000). The specific goal of the institute–hence the goal of the book–is to disseminate recent research and theoretical advances on coping with stress and anxiety. The volume is divided into five major sections including (1) stress and anxiety reactions, (2) stress and emotional disorders, (3) experimental research on stress and anxiety, (4) test anxiety, and (5) coping with stress. The current volume is the fifth in a continuing series of readings edited by Spielberger and Sarason. The volume provides a valuable edition to an already established series on anxiety and life stress. The major limitation of this volume is the lack of interdigitation of the topics covered. No summary chapter is presented that attempts to integrate the papers into some kind of meaningful whole. Each stands isolated; moreover, writers of individual chapters only infrequently refer to the work of others presented in the volume. In summary, this volume is a significant contribution to the study of stress and anxiety although it is somewhat stressful for the reader to assimilate such a diverse collection of papers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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