Craig, Kenneth D., and Stephen M. Weiss, eds. Health Enhancement, Disease Prevention, and Early Intervention: Biobehavioral Perspectives. New York: Springer, 1990. Includes, among other chapters of interest, an excellent chapter by Neal Miller (the "father of biofeedback") on how the brain affects the health of the body. Feist, Jess, and Linda Brannon. Health Psychology: An Introduction to Behavior and Health. 5th ed. Belmont, Calif.: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004. Written for undergraduate students. A very readable overview of the field of health psychology. Provides the reader with chapters on stress and health, and various stress-related diseases.
Fuller, M. G., and V. L. Goetsch. "Stress and Stress Management." In Behavior and Medicine, edited by Danny Wedding. 3d ed. Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber, 2001. Provides an overview of the field, focusing particularly on the physiological response to stress.
Jacobson, Edmund. You Must Relax. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1934. A rare classic which may be available in the special collections section of the library. Jacobson is considered the father of modern relaxation training. This book is worth seeking for the pictures of Jacobson's patients after undergoing his relaxation procedure as well as for Jacobson's thoughtful insights.
Ornstein, Robert, and D. S. Sobel. "The Brain as a Health Maintenance Organization." In The Healing Brain: A Scientific Reader, edited by Robert Ornstein and Charles Swencionis. New York: Guilford Press, 1990. Discusses the body's responses to stressors from an evolutionary perspective.
Selye, Hans. The Stress of Life. 2d ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978. First published in 1956. A thoroughly readable account of Selye's work and thinking about stress and health. Available at most bookstores, a must for those interested in learning more about stress.
Virginia L. Goetsch and Kevin T. Larkin
See also: Emotions; Endocrine System; Nervous System; Psychosomatic
Disorders; Stress: Behavioral and Psychological Responses; Stress-Related
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