6. Culture and the Stress Process

  1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson
  1. William W. Dressler

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch6

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Dressler, W. W. (2011) Culture and the Stress Process, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology (eds M. Singer and P. I. Erickson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. The University of Alabama, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303



  • contexts and conditions - culture and the stress process;
  • Donnison, presaged what was to become - an important research focus in biocultural medical anthropology;
  • processes of so-called “modernization” - and migration, margins of social space;
  • social and psychological factors - causes of elevated arterial blood pressure;
  • traditional community, one in which - subsistence production in economy;
  • modernization and disease risk - effect of modernization, “ecological” effect;
  • studies of modernization and disease - fertile program of research;
  • culture and models of stress process;
  • effects of social context - buffering effects of social support in Black community, in the South;
  • cultural consensus in domains - of family, national identity, and food examined


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Research on Culture Change and Health

  • Culture and Models of the Stress Process

  • Cultural Consensus, Cultural Consonance and Health

  • Conclusion

  • References