Stress: A Brief History

Stress: A Brief History

Author(s): Cary L. Cooper, Philip Dewe

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405107440

Online ISBN: 9780470774755

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774755

About this Book

Stress: A Brief History is a lively, accessible, and detailed examination of the origins of the field of stress research.


  • First concise, accessible, academically grounded book on the origins of the concept of stress.
  • Explores different theories and models of stress such as the psychosomatic approach, homeostasis, and general adaptation syndrome.
  • Discusses the work and intriguing contributions of key researchers in the field such as Walter Cannon, Hans Selye, Harold Wolff, and Richard Lazarus.
  • Explains the origins of key concepts in stress such as stressful life events, the coronary-prone personality, and appraisals and coping.
  • Culminates in a discussion of what makes a good theory and what obligations stress researchers have to those whose working lives they study.

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