Stress and Health Among the Elderly

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1309–1310. Reviews the book, Stress and Health Among the Elderly edited by May L. Wykle, Eva Kahana, and Jerome Kowal (see record 1992-97642-000). This volume stems from a 1990 conference on aging and health at Case Western Reserve University for a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists from across the country. Stress and Health Among the Elderly is divided into three sections, each with four chapters, written by a multidisciplinary group of 15 contributors. On the basis of the listed affiliations of the contributors, it would appear that there is representation from the fields of psychology, nursing, public health and epidemiology, psychiatry, and social work. The three sections are concerned with theory and methodology, questions of diversity in studies of stress, and studies of intervention effectiveness. In general, this book provides a stimulating and consistent overview of what has been done, as well as what needs to be done on the question of stress effects on health in the elderly. Anyone involved in research or advanced teaching on the psychology of aging will find this book to be required reading. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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