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This book concerns the role that control plays in modulating the effects of stressful experiences on health. Over the last few years, evidence has been growing in many disciplines indicating that control, lack of control and loss of control are central concepts in linking behaviour and emotion with disease. Experimental investigations have shown that control over aversive stimulation has profound effects on autonomic, endocrine and immunological responses, and may influence the pathological processes involved in a range of diseases. Clinically, control and lack of control have been identified as relevant to the experience of pain, anxiety and depression, and to patients' responses in health care settings. Epidemiological studies have related control over work patterns and other aspects of life with physical health and psychological well-being. The enhancement of personal control is a common thread running through intervention techniques in many settings. The aim of this book is to bring together contributors with diverse perspectives on stress, personal control, and health. The disciplines represented include clinical and experimental psychology, social psychiatry, medical sociology, public health and epidemiology, nursing studies and animal physiology. This provides an opportunity for assessing the similarities and differences in the way in which control is invoked in a range of health-relevant issues. The current state of knowledge is summarised and opportunities for new integrative developments in research are highlighted.

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Authors: STEPTOE A, Department of Psychology, St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London (GB);APPELS A, Department of Medical Pyschology, University of Limburg, Maastricht (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12445 EN (1989) 323 pp.
Availability: Available from John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Baffins Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1UD (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 0-471-92388-5
Record Number: 198910946 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en