Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Stress in the Modern World: Understanding Science and Society

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Stress in the Modern World: Understanding Science and Society

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Stress in the Modern World: Understanding Science and Society. Edited by Serena Wadhwa. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2017. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-161069-606-7). E-book available (978-1-61096-607-4), call for pricing.

Stress in the Modern World: Understanding Science and Society is a two-volume reference set that looks at a wide array of aspects of stress. It looks at the impact stress has on both physical and psychological health. It offers both theoretical and practical perspectives. It "presents a variety of theories, external and internal triggers of the stress experience, and both effective and ineffective coping mechanisms" (xvi).

Stress in the Modern World: Understanding Science and Society is composed of four parts. Part 1 details theories of stress, part 2 looks at sources of stress, part 3 covers responses to stress, and part 4 features personal accounts. This last part is what truly makes this source unique. Each chapter ends with a summary and an extensive list of references and further reading. It was written by fifty-two writers, nearly all of which are "professional mental health counselors and therapists or university faculty who instruct students in the mental health fields" (xiii).

Part 1 explores many different theories of stress as well as misconceptions about stress. It also discusses the effects of stress on the mind and body. Part 1 ends with exploring aspects of stress assessment and measurement. Part 2 covers sources of stress. While this can vary significantly from individual to individual, it covers the most significant sources of stress, for example, financial, caregiving stress, sexuality concerns, and work issues, just to name a few. …

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