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William W. Eaton and M. Daniele Fallin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190916602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190916602.001.0001

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Models of Stress and Adapting to Risk

Models of Stress and Adapting to Risk

A Life Course, Developmental Perspective

(p.285) 11 Models of Stress and Adapting to Risk
Public Mental Health

George W. Rebok

Catherine P. Bradshaw

Heather E. Volk

Tamar Mendelson

William W. Eaton

Elizabeth J. Letourneau

Sheppard G. Kellam

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the role of stress in the conduct of both public mental health research and practice. It includes a discussion of the leading definitions and theories of stress proposed in relation to the experience of mental problems, followed by an examination of the multiple perspectives related to the measurement and study of stress. A broad life-span perspective is used to highlight the significance of both human development and the social context in examining the link between stress and mental health problems. A range of developmental stressors are identified spanning different life stages, and their effects on mental health and adjustment problems are described. The concept of resilience is discussed to help explain why not all individuals exposed to stress will develop mental and behavioral disorders.

Keywords:   diathesis-stress model, developmental stressor, adverse life event, trauma, allostatic load, general adaptation syndrome, coping, resilience

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