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Stress, Coping, and Development, Second Edition: An Integrative Perspective

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Now in a thoroughly revised and significantly expanded second edition, this volume comprehensively examines the nature of psychosocial stress, the strategies individuals use to cope with it, and the implications for adaptation and health across the lifespan. Carolyn M. Aldwin synthesizes a vast body of knowledge within a conceptual framework that emphasizes the transactions between mind and body and between persons and environments. She also provides a methodological primer for stress and coping research, critically reviewing available measures and the latest data analysis techniques.

New in the Second Edition
*Updated throughout with new concepts, tools, and data
*Two new chapters address physiology and physical health
*Expanded coverage of sociocultural and religious aspects of coping
*Cutting-edge perspectives on emotion regulation and stress-related growth
*Expanded coverage of childhood, young adulthood, and mid-life

This course is based on the , Stress, Coping, and Development, Second Edition: An Integrative Perspective created by Aldwin, Carolyn M., PhD


Guilford Press

Publication Date:

2007, Second Edition

Course Material Author

Aldwin, Carolyn M., PhD

Carolyn M. Aldwin, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis. She received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1982 and was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral scholar in Human Development, Environmental Demands, and Health. Dr. Aldwin received a FIRST award from the National Institute on Aging for her study of psychosocial factors affecting health in aging early in her career; she has published more than 70 articles and chapters in this area and coedited the Handbook of Health Psychology and Aging for Guilford Press. Dr. Aldwin is a fellow of both Divisions 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, as well as of the Gerontological Society of America.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the ways people cope with stressful experiences, emphasizing an integrative conceptual framework. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain why stress is important and how stress may be defined in several contexts.

  2. Identify design, measurement, and statistical issues relating to stress and coping research.

  3. Cite examples of physiological responses to stress and how coping skills can be applied to mitigate them.

  4. Apply concepts presented for coping with traumatic stress to clinical work with patients/clients.

  5. Evaluate information presented regarding developmental studies of coping.

  6. Recognize ways in which stress can lead to transformational coping, self-development, and wisdom.

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Course Number 101431
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