Controlling Stress and Tension (9e) : 9780321788498

Controlling Stress and Tension (9e)

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Controlling Stress and Tension takes a multifaceted, holistic approach to stress management. The first part of the book discusses the stress problem and our potential for achieving solutions to it. The next chapters examine potential stress-producing elements in everyday life. The remainder of the book offers techniques for alleviating stress and tension. Personal journal activities and self-assessments placed throughout the book encourage students to apply the concepts they have learned to themselves. These activities are brought together at the conclusion of the book, helping students develop their own stress-management program. The Ninth Edition has a strengthened supplements package, updates to content to keep the text current, and more practical activities for students.

Table of contents

1. Stress, Stressors and Stress Management

2. Systems That Control Stress Arousal

3. The Body’s Response to Stress

4. The Human Spirit

5. Stressful Emotions, Thoughts, and Beliefs

6. Patterns of Behavior

7. Demands and Expectations

8. Stress and the Human Environment Interaction

9. Stress in Relationships

10. Psychological Trauma and Human Resilience

11. Stress in the Workplace

12. Breathing and Relaxation

13. Muscle Relaxation

14. Autogenics and Visual Imagery

15. Yoga and Stretch-Relaxation

16. Meditation

17. Stress Reduction through Physical Activity

18. Your Personal Stress Management Plan

New to this edition
  • Inclusion of even more practical application in the hands-on journal entry includes:
    • Adding a timeline or timeframe to the activity
    • Adding an example, where applicable
    • An enhanced design to draw the reader in
  • Supplements take a more prominent place in the Ninth Edition.
    • Instructors have access to Instructor Resources electronically, and the front matter directs instructors on how to easily access these support materials.
    • Electronic versions of the self-assessments and journals are also available in the Instructor Resource area for instructors to download and share with students.
  • New sections on current political anxiety and communication and technology have been added.
  • Yoga content has been expanded.
  • A more streamlined presentation helps the student reader.
Features & benefits
  • Techniques to reduce physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sources of stress and tension are included.
  • Practical self-assessment exercises that allow students to personalize the material appear throughout the text.
  • Journal Entry activities are featured at the end of each chapter. These exercises ask students to apply the concepts discussed in each chapter to their own lives, with the goal of developing a personal stress-management program. Book pages are perforated so students can easily remove journaling sections.
  • The Tool Box section at the end of the text asks students to summarize Journal Entries throughout the book, allowing them to reflect on the journaling experience.
  • Chapter summary sections appear at the end of each chapter.
  • PowerPoint® lecture presentations with key points from the text are available on Supplements Central.
  • Cutting edge material—especially in the areas of emotional, relationship, and psychological stress—has been added to strengthen information on subjects known to most heavily impact the lives of college students.
  • More relevant illustrations and examples were added to some of the more scientific sections to improve application.
Author biography

Daniel Girdano, PhD, has held the position of professor at the Universities of Maryland, Utah, Wyoming, Texas A & M, Boston University, and The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently professor and faculty mentor for Walden University. As director of the psychophysiology research laboratory at the University of Maryland he used research in biofeedback, counseling, and relaxation training to pioneer the comprehensive study of stress management. He has authored or co-authored 40 health and fitness textbooks and over 50 articles. 

Dorothy E. Dusek, PhD, has been professor at San Francisco State, Worcester State College, the University of Maryland, University of Utah, University of Wyoming, and Metropolitan State College in Denver. She has written over 30 books on the topics of nutrition, fitness, stress management, weight management, smoking cessation, health counseling, behavior change, communication, psychosomatic medicine, and others. She has a private counseling practice in Winter Park Colorado.
George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP
is Professor of Psychology, Loyola College in Maryland, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.